Fani-Kay­ode vis­its Jonathan, says he’s won­der­ful

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

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.

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