Fani-Kayode visits Jonathan, says he’s wonderful
A chieftain of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) Femi Fani Kayode visited President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa yesterday.
Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation and one of President Jonathan’s staunch critics, met with the President for about one hour behind closed door.
Until yesterday, he had never been sighted at the Villa since the inception of the Jonathan’s administration.
But he told State House correspondents that he was in the Villa to pay homage to Jonathan whom he described as a wonderful person.
He said though he had hitherto disagreed with Jonathan on some issues, it was important for him, just like any other Nigerian, to visit the president to resolve with him and join him to move the nation forward.
He said as a Nigerian, he reserved the right to be at presidential villa to pay “respect to the wonderful people that are here.”
“I have always believed that every Nigerian, regardless of the side of the political divide they belong, and as a Nigerian myself, I’ve believed that we disagree on an issue from time to time. The most important thing is for us to be able to resolve these issues and come together to move this country forward. And I think every right thinking (and) responsible person should be able to do that. They should also be able to come to the Villa from time to time and see how they can help to move the country forward,” he said.
Fani-Kayode said the decision he would take on whether or not to dump the APC would be made known to Nigerians at the relevant time.
He, however, vowed that he would never be associated with any group that was promoting religious politics in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Fani-Kayode had condemned the alleged plans by the leadership of the APC to present for the 2015 general elections, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) as presidential candidate and former Lagos State Governor Ahmed Tinubu as running mate, both of whom are Muslims.
On what he discussed with the president, Fani-Kayode said: “I won’t go into that”.
He later headed for the office of Jonathan’s Chief of Staff.