- In Nigerian politics, a meeting is always pregnant with meaning and sometimes, a clue for bigger things to come
- A meeting between Governor Yahaya Bello and Chief Femi Fani-Kayode recently sparked speculations
- Both men have held another meeting, leaving their supporters guessing if the tee-a-tee has any political undertones
The political relationship between Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state and ex-minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode seems to be blossoming by the day.
Both men seem to have struck a relationship even beyond politics as they belong to opposing divides politically.
While Osun-born Fani-Kayode is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Bello is an emerging force in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Bello visited the Abuja home of Fani-Kayode on Wednesday, March 3, and the photos were shared on social media by the former minister.
Fani-Kayode also wrote:
“It was an honour and pleasure to receive His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state in my Abuja home yesterday.
“We had a wonderful time and my entire household was thrilled by his presence. We shall continue to build bridges and to work hard and interact across party lines...for the unity and progress of our country.”
A few weeks ago, Fani-Kayode visited Governor Bello at the Kogi state governor's lodge in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The visit sparked speculations that Fani-Kayode was on his way to the APC, especially as Governor Bello currently heads a committee within the APC mandated to bring in new members to the ruling party.
Days after the meeting, Governor Bello announced that Fani-Kayode had defected to the APC after he revalidated his APC membership in his country home in Kogi state.
The governor also described the former minister as a foundational member of the ruling party.
Fani-Kayode, however, took to his social media pages to say consultations were still on and he has not defected.
Weeks later, senior PDP officials visited Fani-Kayode and accused the APC of trying to lure him to the ruling party.
It is not clear if the latest visit by Governor Bello is another push to get Fani-Kayode to dump the PDP.
Meanwhile, the GYB2PYB Youth Support Group, an organisation under the APC, described Fani-Kayode as an asset to Nigeria.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 9, the youth group also expressed solidarity with Governor Bello for trying to bring Fani-Kayode back to the APC.
In a related development, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has declared that access should be given to members of the PDP, willing to join the APC in the ongoing membership registration exercise of the ruling party.
According to him, the essence of the exercise is to rejuvenate the party in preparation for future elections hence the need to get more members into the APC fold.
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 email@example.com.