Former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung has described the defection of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “shameful”.
Naija News recalls Fani-Kayode on Thursday, defected from the PDP to the APC and was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa by the party’s caretaker committee chairman, Governor Mai Mala-Buni of Yobe State.
In a statement issued on Friday, Dalung said he was ashamed watching Fani Kayode standing by the President in the State House in Abuja.
He described Fani-Kayode as a “political hawker and “liability”, adding that his defection to the APC is insensitive and a bad omen for the ruling party.
The former minister added that Fani-Kayode is now the latest political bride of the President whom he earlier called a “criminal”.
The statement reads: “In the whole of my existence, I have not been ashamed of myself like yesterday (Thursday) when I watched Femi Fani Kayode standing by the President in the State House in Abuja.
“I have no problems with people’s political affiliations but I have issues with the manner the confidence and goodwill of Nigerians are been gambled with recklessly by clueless political elites.
“Could recruitment of political liabilities in the face of raving insecurity that has claimed lives of many innocent Nigerians who voted for us be the priority now?
“What has happened to the humanity of APC leaders that we are so insensitive to the mode of the nation? If we have such political strategies of conquering political opponents like Femi Fani-Kayode, then why have we failed to deploy the same to defeat Boko Haram, banditry, unknown gunmen, kidnapping?
Dalung lamented that the mission of APC has changed from what was agreed on in 2015, adding that clueless people now join the party to get “juicy appointments”.
He added: “This wasn’t our mission when we mobilised Nigerians to trust us with power in 2015. The fear of APC is the beginning of wisdom, once a corrupt politician joins APC his sins are forgiven, all corruption charges will be automatically dropped and compensations with juicy appointments will follow.
“Loyalty in the APC party is a capital offence, no wonder Femi Fani-Kayode insulted President Buhari and swore he will prefer to die than joining APC.
“He is now the latest political bride of the President whom he earlier called a “criminal”. If this is what our party can offer at this critical stage of our national history, then Nigeria has entered one chance.”
There have been several reactions from stakeholders and observers particularly as Fani-Kayode had in the past boasted that over his dead body would he defect to the APC.