PGF DG explains why some APC members are oppose to Femi Fani-Kayode joining party



Dr Salihu Lukman, Director-General  Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has explained why some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are protesting the defection of Femi Fani-Kayode to the party.

He gave the explanation in a statement on Sunday in Abuja while reacting to the recent defection of Fani-Kayode to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Lukman in the statement titled:” APC’s High-Profile Membership Recruitment and Issues for 2023″. said Fani-Kayode’s capacity to build and sustain relationships was short, not just politically, but in every aspect of his life.

“Late on Thursday, September 16, 2021, reports emerged that Fani-Kayode had joined the APC and he was received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

“With the emergence of the report, public attention in the country has been dominated by negative commentaries,” the PGF DG said.

He noted that the development had resulted to negative commentaries, mostly from APC members who wondered why Fani-Kayode should be accorded such a high-profile reception into the party.

He recalled that one of the first persons to express disappointment was Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Political Matters.

Ojudu, he said, had lamented that the reception given to Fani-Kayode makes the day the saddest day of his political career.

“The protest against Fani-Kayode joining the APC has to do with his venomous nature, he abuses, insults, and disparages everybody, almost indiscriminately.

“As a result, his capacity to build and sustain relationships is short, not just politically, but its also the case almost in every aspect of his life.

“Almost every member of APC is angry that our leaders have brought someone like Fani-Kayode into our party.This is made worse by the red-carpet reception given to him, which he doesn’t deserve.

“But since it has happened, there is no need to cry over spilled milk. What is very clear is that our leaders, especially President Buhari have forgiven Fani-Kayode and embrace him as one of us,” he said.

Lukman further explained that as members of APC, the anger with Fani-Kayode was that he had abused both the party, President Buhari and virtually every leader of the party.

He, however, advised that with all the negative things Fani-Kayode had said about the APC and its leaders in the past, if its leaders could accept him into the party, its members should not be more Catholic than the Pope.

“As APC members, especially those that have been in the party since its formation in 2013 and have endured all the challenges of being loyal members.

“We must always be reminded that our commitment is to contribute in whatever way and manner possible to change Nigeria for the better.

“If therefore, someone like Fani-Kayode, who is considered unreliable and therefore not qualified to be a member, would seek for forgiveness from our leaders, based on which they extended their arms to him.

“Members of the APC should also show understanding,” Lukman said.

He noted that since 2015, like Fani-Kayode, many opportunistic political leaders in the country joined the APC, got all the welcome reception, but ended up betraying it.

He said such political leaders in some instances outrightly undermined the APC and its leaders.

Lukman said part of the frustration of many APC members was that most times, it could be predicted that the party’s leaders were wrongly investing trust and confidence on wrong people.

“Contrastingly those who are consistent and loyal to our party and our leaders hardly gained the deserving respect they should have.

“This may not necessarily be intended, but it is there. Be that as it may, members need to move forward with every confidence and commitment to engage our leaders,” he said.

He added that since the party’s leaders had developed the needed large heart to forgive Fani-Kayode, party members should respect the decision.

“To that extent therefore, party members should respect the decision of our leaders to admit Fani-Kayode and welcome him with a red-carpet reception.

“On no account, should we be distracted. If Fani-Kayode need red-carpet reception to be a member of APC, millions of party member have demonstrated that they don’t need any form of recognition to work for Nigeria.

“Being very consistent and stable members of the APC, we should also recognise that the party is partly what it is today on account of our little contributions over the years,” he said.

He noted that all the party’s leaders without any exception, were also where they were today, partly because of the small support, loyalty and commitment of members to execute task given to them.

He stressed that if the APC was to succeed in changing Nigeria, the party’s leaders and its members must commit themselves to developing strong and functional relationship.

He said the ability to develop strong and functional relationship between APC leaders and members was the foundational requirement for APC leaders to be able to develop strong and functional relationship with Nigerians.

Lukman said this would however, require that APC members were able to respectfully tell leaders the truth, stressing that functional relationship with Nigerians was always crucial for winning elections.(

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