Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Salihu Moh. Lukman has warned leaders and members of his party to be circumspect in reposing their trust in Femi Fani-Kayode following his defection to the party.
Fani-Kayode, a one time Minister of Aviation under the administration of president Olusegun Obasanjo, last Thursday defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the ruling APC and was received with a red carpet treatment by president Muhammadu Buhari in company of Yobe State governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, Mai Mala Buni as well as Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
The defection of Fani-Kayode, a notorious critic of APC and president Buhari, has since sparked off negative commentaries from analysts across the media space in the country, and outrage from disenchanted members who felt the party was yet to accord them the honour accorded the decampee despite their loyalty.
However, in a statement titled, “APC’s High-Profile Membership Recruitment and Issues for 2023”, issued Sunday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, Dr. Lukman stated that though Mr Fani-Kayode joined the party as a reformed and repentant critic, he should not be blindly trusted.
“His (Mr. Fani-Kayode’s) statement to the effect that ‘let’s focus on unity, peace and togetherness’ is an encouraging testament. For Mr. Fani-Kayode to talk of the unity of Nigeria at this time, shortly after he supported and promoted secessionist campaigns of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho is a remarkable departure.
“However, recognising such a departure shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that we should blindly trust Mr. Fani-Kayode,” he averred.
The party chieftain recalled that some politicians have in the like manner joined the party in past and got similar red-carpet reception only for them to turned against the party and betrayed the trust reposed in them.
He said, “No doubt, since 2015, there are many opportunistic political leaders in the country who joined our party, got all the welcome reception, like the one given to Mr. Fani-Kayode, but end up betraying and in some instances outrightly undermining our party and our leaders.
“Understandably therefore, part of the frustration of many APC members is that most times, it could be predicted that our leaders are wrongly investing trust and confidence on wrong people.”
The rumour of Mr. Fani-Kayode joining the APC, first emerged on Monday, February 8, 2021, when his pictures together with that of Buni and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State appeared on many social media platforms.
This made many party members to protest the plan by party leaders to admit FFK as fondly called into the APC, a rumour which Mr. Fani-Kayode himself denied vowing never to join the party in his “natural life”.
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