The shocking defection of Femi Fani-Kayode, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has attracted ridicule from the Presidency.
1st News reports that Tolu Ogunlesi, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, mocked Fani-Kayode in a post on the social media platform, Facebook.
Earlier, 1st News had reported that Fani-Kayode or FFK, as he is popularly known, had dumped the PDP for the APC; despite his public avowals to the contrary and vitriolic criticisms of President Buhari. Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo had once described the APC as ‘a rat-infested, sinking ship’.
Consequently, his switch to the ruling party had drawn a dose of mockery.
Ogunlesi, Special Assistant to President Buhari on Digital and New Media, had posted pictures of FFK; alongside Buhari during his reception at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, September, 16, 2021. However, the aide to the President had not failed to take a dig at Fani-Kayode; describing him as a somebody.
In addition, Ogunlesi had hailed President Buhari’s large-heartedness in welcoming Fani-Kayode to the APC fold.
“Today at the State House, Abuja: Somebody has come and joined the APC. And a large-hearted and magnanimous President received him. Because that’s the essential Buhari for you,” Ogunlesi wrote.
Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode, who was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by the Chairman; Caretaker Committee of the APC, and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni; had stated that his decision to join the APC was led by the Spirit of God. Also, he stated that he joined the party to help promote Nigeria’s unity.
Further, Fani-Kayode had taken credit for influencing the defection of three governors to the APC. He identified them as Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Bello Matawale of Zamfara State.