Dr Salihu Lukman, Managing director-Full general, Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), has explained why some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are protesting against the defection of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode to the political party.
He gave the explanation in a statement on Lord’s Day in Abuja piece reacting to the recent defection of Fani-Kayode to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Political party (PDP).
Lukman, in the statement entitled: “APC’s High Profile Membership Recruitment and Issues for 2023″ said Fani-Kayode’s capacity to build and sustain relationships was small, not just politically, but in every aspect of his life.
“Belatedly on Thur, Sept. 16, 2021, reports emerged that Fani-Kayode had joined the APC and was received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
“With the emergence of the written report, public attending in the country has been dominated by negative commentaries,” the PGF DG said.
He famous that the evolution had resulted in negative commentaries, mostly from APC members who wondered why Fani-Kayode should be accorded such a high profile reception by the political party leadership.
The PGF DG recalled that one of the foremost persons to limited disappointment was Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Political Matters.
Ojudu, he said, had lamented that the reception given to Fani-Kayode made the daytime the saddest of his political career.
“The protestation against Fani-Kayode joining the APC has to do with his venomous nature, he abuses, insults, and disparages everybody, nearly indiscriminately.
“Nearly every fellow member of APC is angry that our leaders have brought someone similar Fani-Kayode into our political party. This is made worse by the red carpet reception given to him, which he doesn’t deserve.
“But since it has happened, there is no demand to vociferation over spilled milk. What is real clear is that our leaders, particularly President Buhari have forgiven Fani-Kayode and encompass him as one of us,” he said.
Lukman explained that as members of APC, the anger with Fani-Kayode was that he had abused the political party, Buhari and virtually every leader of the political party.
He, notwithstanding, advised that with all the negative things Fani-Kayode had said in relation to the APC and its leaders in the past times, whether its leaders could have him into the political party, its members “should not be to a greater extent Catholic than the Pope“.
“Members of the APC should present understanding,” Lukman said.
He famous that since 2015 many opportunistic political leaders similar Fani-Kayode joined the APC, got all the welcome reception, but ended upwardly betraying the political party.
According to him, such political leaders in some instances undermined the APC and its leaders.
Lukman said division of the frustration of many APC members was that most times, it could be predicted that the political party’s leaders were wrongly investing trust and confidence on the wrong people.
“Contrastingly, those who are consistent and loyal to our political party and our leaders hardly gained the deserved observe they should have.
“This may not necessarily be intended, but it is there. Be that as it may, members demand to displace forward with every confidence and commitment to engage our leaders,” he said.
He added that since the political party’s leaders had developed the big pump needed to forgive Fani-Kayode, members should observe the choice.
“To that extent, thence, political party members should observe the choice of our leaders to confess Fani-Kayode and welcome him with a red carpet reception.
“On no account should we be distracted. Whether Fani-Kayode needs a red carpet reception to be a fellow member of APC, millions of political party members have demonstrated that they don’t demand whatsoever cast of recognition to work for Nigeria.
“Beingness real consistent and steady members of the APC, we should also recognise that the political party is partly what it is nowadays on account of our little contributions over the years,” he said.
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