By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode popularly known as FFK has disclosed that abandoning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was never an option, adding that he has resolved all contending issues with the party’s leadership.
FFK was in the news lately due to a visit and series of meetings with the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state as well as the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello.
The ex minister while receiving the leadership of PDP led by it’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) in his Abuja residence on Thursday said that PDP remains the only political party that can salvage the country from eminent disintegration.
He said, “We had a very extensive and fruitful meeting and I want to state here and now that, whatever issues there may have been, have been resolved. We are moving forward as one. I never left the PDP, I am in PDP and I am proud to be here.
“Whatever the case may be, what is happening in the country now, the best thing for us to do, is to build bridges across party lines, across regional, ethnic and religious lines. This is the only way we can be glad to have a country we can call our own.
“I’m delighted they have come. This is how it is supposed to be. In any political family, if anybody feels hurt, people are meant to reach out. And this is an example of a quality leadership that the national chairman of the PDP and his working committee have provided for our party.
“Had it not been for this quality leadership through the last few years and months, our party would have fallen apart. They have gone all over the country, reaching out to people, keeping us together.
They have done a very good job and I’m very proud of them,” he said.
In his address, Secondus cautioned the ruling party to focus on the task of governance, rather than looking for opposition members to poach ahead of 2023.
“We advise our brothers on the other side, especially some of these governors and leaders of APC that they should face the business of governance. Jumping around and looking for critical stakeholders of our party to poach will not resolve the issue of security or economy.
“They are aware that security has broken down, economy has broken down. They should face that business for which they were elected,” he said, even as he commended Fani-Kayode for staying put in the PDP.
“Our brother is firm and a man of his word. There is no amount of trick that will make him sway otherwise. He is firmly with PDP and we are back to business while will prepare for 2023.
Addressing newsmen after the visit, former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki said that Fani-Kayode will continue to remain in the PDP, a party he described as a united family.
Other PDP stalwarts at the meeting were Col. Austin Akobundu (retd), national organizing secretary of the party; Hajia Mariya Waziri, national woman leader, Ibrahim Tsauri, national secretary of the party, amongst others.