…disagrees with Kogi Gov, Bello
By Ime Silas
Ahead of the reported possible defection of a former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode (FFK), to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Buhari/Osinbajo Solidarity Front (BOSF) has demanded an apology from the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) chieftain.
There have been media reports that FFK is rejoining the APC which he had earlier defected from. The speculations of Femi’s defection became heightened following his recent meeting with the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Yahaya Bello.
Reacting, BOSF, in a release dated 12th February, 2021, and signed by its Convener, Mr. Liberty Olawale Badmus, while also disagreeing with the Kogi Chief Executive for describing FFK’s imminent defection as a “sweet welcome”, expressed the hope that the former Minister shall henceforth exhibit morals and patriotism.
The release captioned “FFK MUST TENDER APOLOGY FOR HIS UNCOUTH STATEMENTS AGAINST BUHARI, OSINBAJO, APC AND OUR LEADERS – BOSF” reads thus in full: “The Buhari Osinbajo Solidarity Front recognise and respect the freewill of every individual to participate and be a member of political parties and political processes in the country. It is on this note that we did recognise the claim that a former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode is considering joining the APC. Also, the party’s constitution and ethics welcome any Nigerian to join the party, provided the constitutional processes (that includes joining from ward level) are obeyed and strictly enforced.
“It is on record that Chief Fani Kayode has been a vocal and unapologetic foe of the present APC-led federal government. The deliberate use of “foe” is precipitated on his mostly baseless and destructive criticism of the government.
“On different occasions, FFK, as he is popularly known, chose to be vulgar and needlessly temperamental in his criticisms of the Buhari administration. For instance, the former aviation minister has called President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, unprinted names in the past in the guise of criticism.
“The APC as a party of the people respects the ideals of democracy, which include freedom of speech and responsible opposition, and is in the business of nation building. This is why the APC welcomes constructive criticisms from genuine and concerned patriots. But we dare say that, from his past antecedents, Chief Fani Kayode has not positioned himself as genuine.We have seen him waging war on the journalists and the independence of the Fourth Estate, among many other odiferous “statements against the APC government.
Nevertheless, it is his choice to join the party and make his contribution.
However, BOSF wish to state that FFK’s return to APC may become a liability to the party as we are of the opinion that he does not have the credibility or lasting, tangible value to bring to the party.
When he was in opposition, we keenly observed his activities, and his derogatory and irresponsible statements on the government. Here are a few examples of of his statements as featured in some of the national dalies in the past:
“Buhari came to ‘steal, kill and destroy'” – FFK. The Nation
“Buhari speech was a disgrace to humanity” – FFK
“Nigerians should pull down the statue of Tinubu, the slave owner” – FFK
“Governor Yahaya Bello is a ‘useful idiot'” – FFK
Coronavirus: “It is either Buhari is dead or just inhuman” – FFK
We, therefore, ask Femi Fani Kayode to retract his foul and ill-mannered statements and apologise to the party leaders. We also ask him to be cautious of his steps in the APC. Every party has its ideology and principles, and we would suggest that, if he is accepted to the party, FFK should be on probation as he is carefully observed. Hopefully, he might become morally fit to participate in the real affairs of the party.
We also urge the leadership of the party to be wary of discussing sensitive issues related to the party in his presence. He should still be treated as one who might be on a mission to infiltrate the party and on ulterior motive. We sincerely hope this is not the case.
In conclusion, we beg to disagree with the remark of Kogi State Governor, Gov Yahaya Bello, who acknowledged the return of Chief Femi Fani Kayode as a “sweet welcome”. In contrast, the return is a sour one for us and the APC family.
“While FFK is given the benefit of doubt, he should also be ready to responsibly prove himself as someone capable of being in a group of morally correct and sound individuals who are committed to the task of nation building”