Nigerians expressed shock and disbelief on Wednesday as news broke that a vocal critic of President Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, had returned to the All Progressives Congress.
Fani-Kayode had on Tuesday denied speculations that he was returning to APC.
However, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, said in a vital video that the former PDP presidential campaign spokesman had indeed returned to the fold.
He said: ”
have the mandate to mobilize, sensitise, to educate and to woo Nigerians into the party, irrespective of their background. Our brother and friend, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has joined our party in good faith. He is joining our party to come and add his own positive energy and make contributions to ensuring that APC is a party to beat.
“Remember Femi Fani-Kayode was a foundation member of this great party, but due to a misunderstanding, he decided to port elsewhere before. Now he has decided to join our party, he approached me and by the mandate given to me by the party, I must not segregate, I must not discriminate against any individual.
“Even if he had his own opinion about the party before, about the government before and he has seen the light, the reality and the need to join the All Progressives Congress, it is just nice, it is just important, it is just smooth and very, very sweet to accommodate and welcome Chief Femi Fani-Kayode to come and join this party.
“Remember that this party does not belong to one individual. It belongs to all Nigerians. You’re free to join. If you feel otherwise and you cannot understand what is happening before and now you can understand what is happening, and you want to join, we will welcome you with our arms wide open.
“So, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, you are welcome to our party. Come and make your own contribution and ensure that this party is greater than any individual in Nigeria.”
Fani-Kayode is said to be pulling four PDP governors into APC although their identities were not known on Wednesday.
A Buhari aide, Bashir Ahmad, had on Monday said Fani-Kayode would not be welcome in the party.
Same sentiments were expressed by some APC chieftains but the former aviation minister appears to have been well received by the APC national leadership.
He posed for a photograph with Bello and the party’s acting national chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mala Buni.