- PDP says it has not yet received an official report about a possible defection of Femi Fani-Kayode
- The opposition party states that though FFK met with some APC leaders, it is largely unbothered by the development
- On Monday, the controversial ex-minister caused stirs after meeting with Yahaya Bello and Mai Mala Buni, both APC governors
The Rivers state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to former minister Femi Fani-Kayode's meeting with some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congres (APC).
Speaking with The Punch, Rivers PDP publicity secretary, Sydney Tambari, on Tuesday, February 9, said the former aviation minister is free to defect.
Tambari said Fani-Kayode enjoys freedom of association, hence the reason his defection cannot come as a surprise.
He, however, said the minister has not officially forwarded his resignation of PDP membership to the national leadership of the party.
It would be recalled that Fani-Kayode on Monday, February 8, met with some APC leaders including Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello and Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state.
The meeting has since been generating massive reactions with many suggesting that the controversial former minister may be plotting a return back to the ruling party.
But Rivers PDP said it is not bothered by FFK's rumoured defection, saying the opposition party has lost "lots of leaders" to the APC.
“As a party, we have lots of leaders. Fani-Kayode is one man we respect as a stakeholder but he equally has the freedom of association to visit whoever he wants to visit or attend anybody’s function he likes to attend.
“That is not bothering us as a party because for now we have not gotten any official report that he is defecting or has defected."
Meanwhile, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, said he is not ready to leave his party, the PDP, and run into a "problem."
The governor reiterated his commitment and loyalty to the opposition party amid high-flying rumours and rising speculations linking him to the ruling blocks, APC.
Speaking during the inauguration of Rumuekini/Aluu Road, traversing Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas on Tuesday, January 12, the governor said he is not ready to burden his successor with uncompleted projects.