My Visit To Jonathan Has Earned Me Insults -Fani-Kayode…Says He’s Still A Member Of APC
Few days after he held a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, with allegations that he has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, sia dhe has been insulted because of the move.
Writing on his Facebook page, Fani-Kayode, an ardent critic of the President said his visit to President Goodluck Jonathan has been subject of online speculation, insisting that he has a right to pay a courtesy visit to Jonathan.
He notes that he will not declare if he is dumping the APC or not over an alleged plan by the party to field a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket.
“What I have said is very simple and clear. I will say nothing until I am ready. Let those that are insulting me and making assumptions continue to do so. That, in itself, tells me a lot,” he stated in a reply to an inquiry by one of his Facebook fans.
The former minister, however, adds that he aligns himself with the opinion of one of his friends, Biodun Ishola-Ladepo, who he quotes as saying, “If I were Femi Fani-Kayode and my party planned to field a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket, especially in the age of Boko Haram, I would bolt faster than Hussein Bolt.”
Fani-Kayode says he is glad that “someone is seeing things clearly”, adding that he wants the leadership of the party to break its “silence” on the issue.
“This is not about leaving parties but about principle. Let us hope that the leadership of the APC sees it fit to clarify this matter at the soonest and assure us all that they will do no such thing.
“Their silence on the matter and their refusal to rule it out is simply fuelling more speculation and dissent from within,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the former minister yesterday refuted media reports suggesting that he may have dumped his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2015 elections.
In a statement he personally issued yesterday, Fani-Kayode explained that what he said during his interview with State House correspondents during his visit to Aso Rock bordered on principle and not about leaving his party.
He said: “I have not left the APC. If I ever choose to leave the party, I will let the Nigerian public know and I will give my reasons. This has not happened. I was at the Villa the other day and what transpired there has been the subject of much online speculation.
“What I said to the media whilst there was very clear and I chose my words very carefully. Let those that are interested read those words in the newspapers rather than speculate. Other than that, I will say no more on this matter until I am ready to do so.”
Citing instances where all the APC governors from the south west had gone to the villa to attend a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan as well as when a leader of the party, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) went there recently to be honoured by President Jonathan during the centenary celebration which the APC did not support, Fani-Kayode argued that the said visits did not translate to the governors and the APC leader dumping their party.
He said, “What they discussed has not been made public until now. Does that make them PDP governors? The Presidency belongs to every Nigerian irrespective of religious and political persuasions.
“Again, the ongoing Federal Government confab has some APC chieftains participating in it despite the fact that the party is against it. Does that mean that they have left the APC? People should get real and stop speculating”.
Clarifying on what he said about not associating with a party that has strong religious affiliation, he quoted Biodun Ishola Ladepo who had written that If he were to be him (Fani-Kayode) and his party planned to field a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket, especially in the age of Boko Haram, he would “bolt faster than Hussein Bolt”, even as he added that “I am glad that someone is seeing things clearly”.
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