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How Femi Fani-Kayode defected to APC despite initial denial

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Leshi Adebayo



Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has formally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The Chairman, Caretaker Committe of the All Progressives Congress and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni presented him to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

According to Fani-Kayode, he was led by the spirit of God in his decision to join the APC.

The former minister said he is committed to the unity of the country and that he is against anything that would cause the disintegration of Nigeria.

Fani-Kayode noted that he was influenced the defection of three Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors to the APC namely: Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state; Ben Ayade of Cross River; and Bello Matawale of Zamfara.

He said he has connections across party lines, adding that he is currently wooing Governors, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu state); Seyi Makinde (Oyo state); and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi State) to join the ruling party.

Meanwhile, the former minister’s defection comes several months after he passionately denied dumping the opposition party, PDP.

In February, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi claimed that Fani-Kayode had crossed over to the APC. But Fani-Kayode debunked the governor’s claim, affirming that he was still a PDP member.

“Though we have had meetings across party lines and we are in a season of political consultation I have not left the PDP,” he had written on his Twitter page.

Fani-Kayode had said, “The fact that I am in talks with leaders from a cross-section of political parties, including the ruling party, does not in any way derogate from this and does not mean that I will ever change those views.”


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