by Dare Lawal
Former aviation minister and senior special adviser to former president Olusegun Obasanjo on public affairs, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode only recently switched camps from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the rival soon-to-be registered All Progressives Congress (APC).
He has wasted no time in making himself at home in his new party recently tweeting about a champagne-filled evening rendezvous with the ACN leader, Bola Tinubu together with two ACN governors.
Following the accusations against his new party on Sunday by some critics on social media that the APC’s interim national executive is an all muslim affair, Fani-Kayode released a statement lashing out at the critics saying that they are either “mischievous or plain ignorant.”
He rehashed the argument already made by the APC’s interim publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, that the party has “interim national officers on its interim National Executive Comittee. 18 of those officers are muslims and 17 are christian.”
He described the list being circulated as a “PDP ploy to sell a lie to the public and attempt to clothe it as truth and it shall not stand. The truth is that there are many more religious and ethnic bigots in the PDP and much more ignorance than there is in any other party in Nigeria. ”
To prove the assertion that the PDP, more than the other parties has more bigots, he said, “It is the National Chairman of the PDP by the name of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and not that of the APC that recently described the Islamist terrorist organisation called Boko Haram as ”freedom fighters”. It is the leader of the PDP by the name of President Goodluck Jonathan and not any APC leader that recently described Boko Haram as his ”siblings” whom he ”could not move against”. It is a leader of the PDP in the person of Governor Isa Yuguda who recently said that he knew the various factions in Boko Haram very well and that he knew what they could do and not do.
“So if you are looking for those that know Boko Haram well, that secretly sympathise with them and that are inclined to treat them with kid gloves look to the PDP. If you are looking for those that are ready to dine with that terrorist organisation and that have slaughtered over 7000 Nigerians in the last two years look to the PDP and not the APC. Our PDP Federal Government has been soft on terrorism from day one and this has led to the burning down and bombing of hundreds of churches all over the north.”
Speaking further, he said, “Those that accuse the APC of being a party of Islamic fundamentalists, Islamists and terrorist sympathisers or a party for only muslims are completely wrong. This is nothing but PDP propaganda. I despise and abhor Boko Haram yet I am in APC. I am not a muslim but a practising and devout Pentecostal christian yet I am there and there are millions of other christians there too. We are all there. The APC belongs to all of us and not just the muslims. And neither can the PDP be described as the christian party because there is nothing that is wholesome, good or christian about it’s behaviour and performance in the last 5 years.
AAll this PDP propaganda has to stop and they should stop attempting to label others or to bring religion into politics.”