- Kingsley Fanwo, an official of the Kogi state government, says Governor Yahaya Bello is reaching out to other nationalists to address Nigeria's security challenges
- Fanwo who is the commissioner for information and communications in Kogi state, says Bello's relationship with PDP chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode, was for nation-building
- The Kogi government's spokesman was reacting to comments made by an activist, Deji Adeyanju recently, concerning Bello and Fani-Kayode's political relationship
The Kogi state commissioner for information and communications, Kingsley Fanwo has berated activist Deji Adeyanju for criticising Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Governor Yahaya Bello's political relationship.
Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has been seen in public places in recent times with Governor Bello, with the duo teaming up to resolve the food blockade from the north to the south.
Adeyanju, a native of Kogi state and former social media director of the Peoples Democratic Party, had claimed Governor Bello told some of his associates that Fani-Kayode was lobbying for an appointment in the Buhari administration.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, March 10, Fanwo dismissed the comment saying:
“Adeyanju has no justification for such a reckless rumour because such statements never came from the governor.
“The governor and Chief Fani-Kayode have decided to work together in addressing some of the challenges facing the nation, especially in the areas of security and nation-building.”
Meanwhile, the political relationship between Governor Bello and 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.
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.
Recall that 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 All Progressives Congress, 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.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.