Three Popular PDP Governors Set Join APC.
Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation, hinted on Thursday that the governors of Bauchi, Enugu, and the Oyo States might abandon the Peoples Democratic Party and join him in the All Progressives Congress.
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Fani-Kayode dropped the hint while speaking to reporters at the Presidential Villa after being presented to President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) by the Chairman of the APC’s Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State Governor.
“There are many people,” he said in response to another question about whether he had PDP friends who had followed him into the APC. If you ask Governor Matawalle, my friend and brother, many people within the PDP want to join the APC. That is something I can assure you of. When Governor Umahi joined the APC, I was there and played a key role.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Governor of Enugu State
“Now, if you don’t mind me mentioning names, governors of Enugu State, Oyo State, and, of course, my good friend, the governor of Bauchi State, are all great friends of mine, and I sincerely hope that they, too, will come in this direction.
“But whether they do or not, the most important thing is that we work together as a people, as a country, to move our country forward and fight and kill the terrorists, as well as put to shame the foreign elements, and I emphasise that word, foreign elements, who want us to end up fighting each other in this country and turning it into a massive refugee camp.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I’ve made a decision; I believe I’ve been led by the Spirit of God, and I’ll fight for what I believe is right within this party, just as I would elsewhere. My core values and principles will never be abandoned.”
Seyi Makinde Governor of Oyo State
Fani-Kayode also claimed that God and the positive changes he has noticed in the ruling party influenced his decision.
“Why not?” he said when asked why he chose the APC. The point is that I believe this is the right time to do the right thing, to prioritise Nigeria, and to recognise the efforts that have already been made. In terms of security, fighting insurgency, fighting terrorism, and most importantly, appreciating the fact that we must remain one nation, build bridges, and work together to move the country forward, we have made significant progress in the last few years.
“The governors of Yobe and Zamfara states, as well as several others, including the governor of Kogi and several others in their respective states, cannot be overlooked in moving this country forward and assisting Mr President in doing so.
“We need to value the fact that when we see good things happening, we value those good things. It isn’t always negative, and when the time comes, we will change course to join forces and join hands to move the country forward.
“We just received him and in appreciation and understanding of Mr President’s vision, and magnanimity,” said Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee.
“He received him very well and, you know, Mr President is a magnanimous leader who shares his vision with anyone who is looking towards greater Nigeria,” he said when asked how the President received the new party member. So he’s happy, and he greeted him warmly, commending his bravery.”
“We wish Chief Fani-Kayode luck in his new political adventure,” PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan said when contacted.