A former Aviation minister Femi Fani Kayode has revealed the purpose of his meetings with two governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying it basically centred on national issues.
Chief Fani Kayode had at separate occasions met with Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni and Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello in a move some Nigerians termed as ‘controversial’.
Fani-Kayode explained that his meeting with APC chieftains was centred around national issues and party politics.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chieftain pointed out that Nigerians must set aside their differences because the country was heading towards a civil war.
Following the meeting, there were insinuations that the former minister was planning to defect to the APC.
Reacting, Fani-Kayode in a series of tweets wrote: “Yesterday I had the honor and privilege of having a very productive and important meeting with the National Chairman of the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. We discussed the state of the nation, national issues, party politics and the way forward.
“These meetings are wide-ranging and ongoing, and I am delighted to be involved in them. Despite the obvious benefits and wisdom in this noble initiative, it amazes me that some people should feel that it is wrong for me to sit with other leaders in the country to discuss issues which touch and concern the national cohesion, future and stability of our country.
“This is a time in which we must set all our differences aside, build bridges and come together as one, lest our country drifts into fratricidal butchery and civil war.
“It is right and proper for us to talk and to attempt to join hands across political, religious and regional lines to save Nigeria. I can and will never compromise or jettison my core fundamental principles for any reason and I stand firmly on my honestly held opinion that we need to enthrone equity, justice and fairness in this country for it to survive.
“I also believe in restructuring the country and in a vigorous and effective fight against terrorism. The fact that I am in talks with leaders from a cross-section of political parties, including the ruling party, does not in any way derogate from this and does not mean that I will ever change those views.
“That was the purpose of our meeting. Permit me to add the following for the record. I will always stand for justice and I will never cease to oppose evil” he said.
He said despite the differences, as leaders and statesmen, they must all sheath their swords and ensure that the country never goes down that path.