- Governor Yahaya Bello has said it is up to Fani-Kayode to decide whether or not he wants to join the APC
- The Kogi state governor said he and the PDP cheftain are brothers who are interested in Nigeria's peace and growth, regardless of political divides
- Bello had earlier said Fani-Kayode had joined the APC but the latter denied making such political move
Yahaya Bello, Kogi state governor, has spoken again on the widely speculated plan by Femi Fani-Kayode to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Kogi state governor had earlier claimed that Fani-Kayode, former aviation minister and his new political friend, had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC.
The PDP chieftain, however, denied joining the APC, saying he remains a member of the leading opposition party.
Addressing the controversy on a television programme, Governor Bello said Fani-Kayode's decision to join APC or remain in PDP is "at his own volition", The Nation reported.
The Kogi state governor said he and Fani-Kayode are brothers and their focus is ensuring there is peace across Nigeria, irrespective of party affiliation.
“Myself and Chief Fani-Kayode are brothers and we are partnering in ensuring there is peace and tranquility across the country.
“The Chief Femi Fani-Kayode that everybody knows by the time he met me, I think he had a rethink of what life is all about and what Nigeria is all about, and you can see the mix so far, we are able to broker peace between the Amalgamated Union of Traders and our other aggrieved brothers.
“Him joining the APC is at his own volition; him not joining, is at his own volition, political party divide has nothing to do with both of us working for the unity, peace and progress of this country, that’s what I know.”
Meanwhile, in what may have put a rest to his alleged plan to defect to the ruling APC, Fani-Kayode has declared that he would continue to remain a member of the PDP.
The PDP chieftain made this known on Thursday, February 25, when the leadership of the party led by its chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, paid him a visit in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that he reiterated his commitment to the PDP and expressed no intention of leaving the party.
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