President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight over the defection of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News earlier reported that the former minister officially dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling APC.
Fani-Kayode, whose move to the APC did not come as a surprise to many, met with the President at the Presidential Villa on Thursday.
He was brought to the Villa by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC, and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.
Speaking to State House correspondents, Buni quoted the President as saying he shares the vision and looks of the former minister towards a greater Nigeria.
The APC chairman said the President was pleased that the former minister had joined the APC, describing his defection as a welcome development.
He said, “We are here to present our newest member of the party, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode to the President and leader of the party.
“He is the newest member of APC and we just received him in appreciation and understanding of the President’s vision and magnanimity.
“The President received him very well. The President is a leader who shares his vision and looks toward greater Nigeria, so he received him very well and commended his courage.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency has mocked former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a post attaching pictures of FFK and the President via Facebook on Thursday, presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, described Fani-Kayode as “somebody” who has come and joined the APC.
Ogunlesi disclosed that despite several criticisms from the former minister against President Buhari and the APC in the past, the Nigerian leader still received him.
He applauded the President for having a large heart and being magnanimous in welcoming Fani-Kayode to the APC.
“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,” he wrote.