- Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has made snide remarks about Senator Bukola Saraki
- Fani-Kayode was reacting to Saraki's recent visit to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan
- The former aviation minister recalled how Saraki plotted Jonathan's downfall in 2015
Nigeria's former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has thrown a jab at the country's ex-Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
In a tweet on Thursday, February 18, Fani-Kayode recalled how Saraki worked against the re-election of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
“Interesting to note that the man that led the team to GEJ's house to appeal to him not to leave the PDP yesterday is the same man that led the rebellion against him and the defection of governors from the same party in 2014 & cost him the 2015 presidential election. What an irony!”
Fani-Kayode was reacting to the recent visit of Saraki and a team of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains to the Abuja home of Jonathan.
The former Senate President is currently the chairman of the PDP reconciliation and strategy committee and the team has been meeting various stakeholders of the party.
It is not clear why Fani-Kayode attacked the Kwara-born politician, as he has in the past defended Saraki against his political opponents.
In August 2018, Fani-Kayode vigorously defended Saraki after then All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole attacked the former Senate President.
Meanwhile, a group under the aegis of Northern People's Democratic Party Youth recently gave the PDP a 24-hour ultimatum to make all possible moves to retain Fani-Kayode in the party.
The group specifically directed the ultimatum to the PDP's Board of Trustees, National Working Committee, and other prominent stakeholders in the main opposition party in response to rumours that Fabi-Kayode might be leaving for the APC soon.
The group said failure to do so shall cause the party havoc and disaffection not only in the northern region but also across the entire six geopolitical zones of the country.
However, the PDP did not respond to the group or acknowledged their existence as the party ignored the ultimatum.
Instead, the spokesman of the Rivers state chapter of the PDP, Sydney Tambari, 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.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.