-APC governors said the rejected the defection of Femi Fani-Kayode over "value" ground
- DG of the Progressives Governors' Forum Salihu Lukman said the former minister is not wanted in the ruling party
- Lukman said Fani Kayode tried to manipulate some of the leaders of the party but his plans were botched
Salihu Lukman, the director-general of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), said the defection of Femi Fani-Kayode to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was stalled due to the strong internal democratic culture of the party.
Lukman, who spoke on Friday, February 12, in a statement obtained by Legit.ng, said Fani-Kayode “was not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member.”
According to the PGF DG, the former aviation minister tried to manipulate some leaders of the APC but it was botched based on the ground of moral ethics and values.
It would be recalled that on Monday, February 8, the controversial ex-minister of aviation met with Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello and Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, both leaders of the ruling party
The meeting has since been generating massive reactions with many suggesting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain 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 knights after Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.
Although Fani-Kayode on Wednesday denied defecting to the APC, Governor Bello in a now-viral video said the PDP chieftain is on the train of the APC.
Lukman said, unlike PDP, the ruling party is being guided by moral compass which every member respects.
“The issue of Mr Fani-Kayode’s drifted attempt to join the APC is a clear instance of attempts to manipulate some of our leaders into accepting membership of someone who ought not to have been considered a member of our party. If that was the case in the past, it is better late than never to correct such a mistake.
Following the report about the controversial attempt by Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode to join the APC and the insistence by many APC members and leaders that Mr. Fani-Kayode is not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Rivers state chapter of the PDP reacted to former minister Femi Fani-Kayode's meeting with some leaders of the ruling APC.
Rivers PDP publicity secretary, Sydney Tambari, on Tuesday, February 9, said the former aviation minister is free to defect.
Tambari said Fani-Kayode enjoys the freedom of association, hence the reason his defection cannot come as a surprise.
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