I’m still in APC, Fani-Kay­ode says

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Sun­day Isuwa, Kaduna

For­mer avi­a­tion min­is­ter, Chief Femi Fani-Kay­ode, said at the weekend that he is still a mem­ber of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

The APC chief­tain had ear­lier caused up­roar when he vis­ited Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan af­ter he made known his op­po­si­tion to the spec­u­lated Mus­limMus­lim ticket.

Speak­ing in Kaduna at a wed­ding re­cep­tion, FaniKay­ode in­sisted that he has never left the APC, say­ing he only ad­vised the party against ex­clud­ing cer­tain sec­tions of the coun­try from its af­fairs.

“I am a loyal party man and the day I de­cide to leave, I will tell ev­ery­one. I am a foun­da­tion mem­ber of the APC, I never left but just speak­ing my mind,” FaniKay­ode said.

The for­mer avi­a­tion min­is­ter said he raised the de­bate on the pur­ported ‘Mus­lim-Mus­lim’ pres­i­den­tial ticket be­cause he wanted Nige­ri­ans to take an early stand on it.

He said: “I think the mat­ter has been set­tled now,” Fani-Kay­ode said. Those that may have had that idea may now have a re­think. We are now as­sured that we can get the re­sult we want at elec­tions.

“I want the best for Nigeria, and I also want the di­ver­sity of Nige­ri­ans to be con­sid­ered, es­pe­cially in re­cent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. It was ap­pro­pri­ate for us to de­bate be­cause it was some­thing that was be­ing dis­cussed in a num­ber of cy­cles within our party. I thought it was im­por­tant for some of us to voice out these things at an early stage so that ev­ery­body should know what might im­pugn on the for­tune of the party or in­deed Nigeria.”

Con­tin­u­ing, Fani-Kay­ode adde: “The is­sue of Mus­lim-Mus­lim ticket was not a pre­mo­ni­tion. This was a stated in­ten­tion of a few of our lead­ers within the APC. And ev­ery­thing I said pub­licly I said pri­vately to them. I must say that ma­jor­ity of people, gov­er­nors and lead­ers and key lead­ers of APC do not share or be­lieve in that, we need to get it clear.”

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