- PDP chieftain Ajala Somide, has expressed hope in Femi Fani-Kayode staying in the party
- Ajala described FFK as a loyal PDP leader, saying all the stories surrounding his rumoured defections are just fairytales
- On Monday, the controversial ex-minister caused stirs after meeting with Yahaya Bello and Mai Mala Buni, both APC governors
As the rumoured defection of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode continues to be trailed by manifold reactions, a chieftain of the southwest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ajala Somide says all the stories surrounding the former minister are fairytales.
Speaking on Tuesday, February 9, Somide described Fani-Kayode as a staunch loyalist and leader of the opposition party.
He said the reports are mere speculation peddled by detractors to create unnecessary panic in the household of the PDP ahead of the 2023 election.
It would be recalled that Fani-Kayode on Monday, February 8, met with some All Progressives Congress (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.
To fuel the speculation, he uploaded the pictures of him with the APC governors on all his social media handles, creating anxiety over the possibility of the PDP losing one of its warriors after Governor Dave Umahi.
But Somide in an interview with Vanguard said Fani-Kayode "remains a loyal member of the PDP", wondering why he will defect to the APC. He stated:
“I can confidently tell you that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is still in the PDP. He remains a loyal member and has not defected to the ruling party.
“Why would he defect to the APC? What has APC got to offer him? He will not defect to the ruling party. He remains committed to the values of the PDP.”
His defection won't be a surprise - Rivers PDP
Meanwhile, the Rivers state chapter of the PDP has reacted to Fani-Kayode's meeting with some leaders of the ruling APC.
Speaking on Tuesday, Rivers PDP publicity secretary, Sydney Tambari, 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.