Why APC should not readmit Fani-Kayode, by PGF DG

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Less than 24 hours after the meeting of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, with some of the ruling All Progressives (APC) became public, strong opposition has emerged against his possible return to the party.

Director General of the Progressive ’ Forum (PGF) Salihu Lukman on Tuesday warned that admitting the controversial politician will be counterproductive to the current registration and revalidation drive of the party.

The Nation had hinted exclusively that Fani-Kayode may be on his way back to APC after he met with of APC Mobilisation and Sensitisation Committee for the registration and revalidation , Governor at the weekend.

Bello later facilitated a closed door meeting , Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Gov. Mai Mala Buni with Fani-Kayode.

Lukman’s opposition to Fani-Kayode’s return to APC was contained in a statement titled: “APC: Reminder about our values” on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said admittance of the former Minister would amount to a reward for scandalous behaviour.

Lukman warned as a progressive party, APC not be for someone like Fani-Kayode, asking whether the party leadership would also contemplate admitting Nnamdi Kanu or Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau into its fold.

The PGF DG said President Muhammadu Buhari will not be favourably disposed to the move, adding such consideration will be stretching the trust of party members beyond acceptable limits.

Lukman cited many derogatory statements, confrontational open letters against the President and one of the APC national recently by Fani-Kayode, adding the national caucus of the party must be involved in clearing he be

According to him, “On account anyone with the kind of baggage of Mr. Fani-Kayode be invited to join the party without clearance from a statutory structure of the party. In this particular instance, the national caucus be the clearing house.

“Besides the open letters, what abusive language has he not used against our party and our ? Most of these are unprintable. A typical example of the kind of abuses he spat on our and our party can be demonstrated with his to a tweet by Mr. Femi Adesina, to President Buhari on Information, last May 2020.

“Mr. Adesina argued that President Buhari’s emergence as President saved the country. Responding, Mr. Fani-Kayode said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death and destruction. “He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”

“Compared to most of Mr. Fani-Kayode’s barrages of insults on APC and its leaders, this would appear to be very civil. Most , both APC members and non-APC members would appear to be in agreement that any association between APC and its leadership with Mr. Fani-Kayode is indicative of problem of values.

“Without being academic in anyway, the issue of values is basically about the qualities of people and the vision they hold. What kind of people are we aspiring to attract into our party?”

He went on: “Do we want to reduce our party into one in which everybody is welcome? Can we for instance in anyway or form contemplate having an Nnamdi Kanu or Abubakar Shekau as a member? If that were to be the case, don’t we just have INEC register IPOB and Haram as political parties and allow them to field candidates for ?

“We may be tempted to argue that Mr. Fani-Kayode is not Nnamdi Kanu or Abubakar Shekau. It is however difficult to fathom what qualifies him to be associated with our leaders at that high level?

“At this rate, one day, will just wake and see some of our leaders presenting Mr. Fani-Kayode to President Buhari as a new member of our party. Although, we can confidently argue that President Buhari will not approve such deranged possibility, it is important to caution that such consideration will be stretching the trust of party members beyond acceptable limits.

The PGF boss noted fraternising with the likes of the former Minister by the party leaders is simply rewarding scandalous behaviour.

“Mr. Fani-Kayode has fabricated stories, distorted, insulted and damaged information about our party and our leaders. Elementary rule of decency would require some good distance between our leaders and such a person.

“Not even the Ward leaders where he is located should be associated with him except for reasons of family ties.

“By the way, the Caretaker Committee of our party should avoid a situation whereby it takes decision on issues that are very weighty without consultations.

“That our leaders will be meeting with Mr. Fani-Kayode in such a compromising way, suggesting that he may be on his way to joining our party, clearly indicates that either those of us saddled with the responsibility of advising them have failed or we have been completely cut off.

“How can a person just few days, if not few hours, ago wrote to one of our leaders and derogatorily and condescendingly condemned his political prospects of emerging as the Presidential candidate of our party, be given such a high-level reception?

“Assuming the open letter to our National Leader, which is all over our media at the time of such reception, wasn’t offensive, what of the open letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari last year?”

Cautioning against indiscriminate membership drive, Lukman warned party leaders against the culture of delusion and deception.

“APC emerged with a commitment to social . Social is about values of collective justice and individual freedom where everyone’s basic needs are fulfilled.”