The Progressive Governors’ Forum has described the recent attempt to accept Femi Fani-Kayode into the fold of the All Progressives Congress as a clear attempt by some partisan members to manipulate the leadership of the ruling party into doing the wrong thing.
PFG in a statement titled “APC and the question of values” and signed on Friday by its Director-General, Salihu Lukman, applauded the insistence by many members and leaders that Fani-Kayode “was not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member.”
“Following the report about the controversial attempt by Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode to join the APC and the insistence by many APC members and leaders that Mr. Fani-Kayode is not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member,” the statement partly read.
“Dr. Sam Amadi, a good friend of mine argued that ‘APC has no defined values or defining values. APC is a normless contraption, like Nigeria.’ Another gentleman, on the platform of Prof. Toyin Falola, who facilitated USA Africa Dialogue Series asked the questions, ‘Are the parties (APC and PDP) anything more than instruments for capturing power? Do they have any significant ideological values?
“Are their members not the same people who have crisscrossed parties in the name of where to gain power?’”
Lukman said the issue of Fani-Kayode’s drifted attempt to join the ruling party is a clear instance of attempts to manipulate some of her leaders into accepting membership of someone who ought not to have been considered a member of the party.
There were reports earlier in the week that Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was set to join the ruling party following a meeting with the Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello who chairs the mobilization committee of the party.