The Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has said a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress
Mr Bello, who met with Mr Fani-Kayode on Tuesday, took credit for the ‘defection.’
Mr Fani-Kayode has not confirmed that he has joined the APC but admitted to meeting with Mr Bello and other APC leaders.
In a video shot during an APC event in Kogi and shared on Wednesday, Mr Bello said the defection is one of his achievements as the head of the youth mobilisation committee for the party’s membership registration and revalidation.
“Our brother and friend, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has joined our party in good faith. He is joining our party to come and add his own positive energy and make contributions to ensuring that APC is a party to beat.
“Remember, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress,” the governor said.
Mr Bello could not be reached for further comment, especially the opposition to Mr Fani-Kayode’s defection from some APC leaders including the head of the party’s governors’ forum, Salihu Lukman.
However, the governor’s media aide, Mohammed Onogwu, said he was not aware of the video and requested that it should be sent to him; which was done. He has yet to respond at the time of this report.
While the ex-aviation minister in his statement did not specifically say he was planning to defect, many Nigerians had envisaged such a move.