Defection: President Buhari welcomes Femi Fani-Kayode into APC

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND FEMI FANI-KAYODE AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 16.
By Our Reporter
President Muhammadu Buhari has formally welcomed a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani- Kayode who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Newsatlarge reports that Fani-Kayode was led into the President’s office by Gov. Mai Mala Buni,Chairman APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee and Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.
The President described Fani-Kayode’s defection to APC as a welcome development, saying he was pleased that the former minister had joined the APC.
“We are here to present our newest member of the party, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode to the President and leader of the party.
“He is the newest member of APC and we just received him in appreciation and understanding of the President’s vision and magnanimity.
“The President is a leader who shares his vision and looks toward a greater Nigeria; so he received him very well and commended his courage,” Buni said.
Fani-Kayode, whike speaking with correspondents after he was presented to the president,  said he believed it was time for him to cross over to join hands with the president to move Nigeria forward.
“The point is that I felt it was time to do the right thing, to put Nigeria first and appreciate the efforts that have been made, particularly in the last couple of years in terms of security; fighting insurgency and terrorism.
“It is not always negative and, when the time is right, we change direction to join forces and join hands to move the country forward.
“Doing this doesn’t mean we are enemies to anybody.
“Even if we are in another party, the PDP or any other party or group, we can still work together across party, regional, ethnic or religious lines.
“Most importantly is the appreciation of the fact that we must remain one as a nation and build bridges, work together to move the country forward,” he said.
He added that the most important thing was for us to understand the fact that Nigeria must not disintegrate.
He said those that want us to end up fighting one another in a war, most be put to shame.
He said Buhari was very gracious to receive him into the APC, saying that it was an honour to him.
He assured that he would join hands with the president and other APC critical stakeholders to move the country forward.
Fani-Kayode stressed that Nigerians must remain united to salvage the country from those bent on destroying the progress of the nation.
He advised Nigerians not to allow any person or group to divide them or for the country to disintegrate. (https://newsatlarge.ng)

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