ONE of the governors in the All Progressives Congress states confided in our correspondent on Tuesday that the party never trusted a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, hence the ex-minister was kept out of the happenings in the party while he was a member.
The governor, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the APC leaders were skeptical of dealing with Fani-Kayode with open hands because of “his antecedents.”
He said, “We know him very well. He has been attending some of our meetings. Like the day we went to invite former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to leave the Peoples Democratic Party, he was there.
“He has also attended some other meetings, but because we didn’t trust him well that he would not betray us, we were dealing with him with caution.
“He went to have a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan without informing anyone about its outcome. So, such a character has to be cleverly avoided.”
Fani-Kayode has said he left the APC and joined the PDP because of the APC’s alleged Islamic agenda and that the leadership of the party was not sincere.
Reacting to the Fani-Kayode’s defection again, the PDP said it had been vindicated and that the former minister had proved that the APC remained a party “of bloodthirsty, religious and ethnic bigots averse to the unity of the country.”
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement also said that the revelation by the former minister that the APC had sympathy for insurgents further confirmed PDP’s earlier position linking APC’s utterances to the spate of insurgency and sectarians violence in the country.
Metuh said, “We have now been vindicated. The truth may be hidden for sometime but it has a way of expressing itself.
“The world can now see that we do not speak for nothing when we describe them in their true nature; a cult, a hypocritical lot, wolves in sheep skin, devils, who, through their utterances, stoke the fires of violence by night only to wear messianic robes in the morning to shed crocodile tears for their victims.’’
“Nigerians are no longer at loss regarding who their real enemies are. They can now see why the APC feels no pain but seeks always to gain political capital out of the bombings and killings in our country.”
The party noted that a lot of reasonable and respectable Nigerians still in the APC would soon join the PDP.