Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has said that his meeting with some leaders of the All Progressives Congress was to debate the “state of the state, national issues, party politics, and therefore the way forward.”
Fani-Kayode had yesterday met with the National Chairman of the APC, Governor Mai Buni of Yobe State, and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
Pictures from the meeting had sparked the controversy that Fani-Kayode, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, was on the verge of decamping to the APC which he’s a fanatical critic of.
In a statement issued on his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, Fani-Kayode said the meeting with the APC leadership was to create bridges, join hands across political divides and regional lines to save lots of Nigeria from drifting into war.
He also said that he’s in talks with the leaders of other political parties asides from the ruling APC.
He said, “Yesterday, I had the respect and privilege of getting a really productive and important meeting with the Nat. Chairman of the APC, Gov Mai Buni of Yobe state, and Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. We discussed the state of the state, national issues, party politics & the way forward.
These meetings are wide-ranging and ongoing and that I am delighted to be involved in them. Despite the apparent benefits and wisdom during this noble initiative, it amazes me that some people should feel that it’s wrong on behalf of me to take a seat with other leaders within the country to debate issues that touch and concern the national cohesion, future, and stability of our country. this is often a time during which we must set all our differences aside, build bridges, and are available together lest our country drifts into fratricidal butchery and war.
It is right and proper for us to speak and to aim to hitch hands across political, religious, and regional lines to save lots of Nigeria. I can and can never compromise or jettison my core fundamental principles for any reason and that I stand firmly on my honestly held opinion that we’d like to enthrone equity, justice, and fairness during this country for it to survive. I also believe in restructuring the country and during a vigorous and effective fight against terrorism. the very fact that I’m in talks with leaders from a cross-section of pol. parties, including the ruling party, doesn’t in any way derogate from this and doesn’t mean that I will be able to ever change those views. subsequent few months are going to be critical in terms of whether or not our country will survive together and that I believe that if we would like it to be so, dialogue, building bridges, and collaboration, even with people who you’ll afflict on some issues, is significant and inevitable. That was the aim of our meeting. Permit me to feature the subsequent for the record. I will be able to always represent justice and that I will never cease to oppose evil.
“Yet the best evil that we are confronted with today is that the prospect of a second war.
“Despite our differences, as leaders and statesmen, we must all sheath our swords and make sure that we never go down that path. May God help our country and should He guide us all.”