The return of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, has created a stir in cyberspace, much like the biblical prodigal son.
While it was expected, many considered FFK’s defection as a sort of treachery and a flaw in his character. Imagine a former APC critic suddenly praising the same party he once called “Boko Haram sympathizers.
“Following the antecedents that led to the recent events, every right-thinking person of the country regards the quick marriage between APC and the prodigal son as a good riddance to bad garbage.
Fani-Kayode, as a politician with a keen understanding of politicking, should know that he who must eat with the devil should use a long spoon, as his supporters properly believe. FFK is well known for treating political gladiators with double standards in the past. As a result, he must persuade Nigerians that his recent defection is motivated by genuine love for the country rather than malice.
Is Fani-Kayode now backed by the APC?
According to popular view, the former minister’s move to the APC was motivated by financial gain. Before the news of Fani-defection, Kayode’s he had been romancing with the governor of Kogi State and other APC heavyweights.
Recall Governor Yahaya Bello has been in the news with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial fraud in his state. Though the governor denied the allegation, EFCC has not relented in its investigation.
In his remarks, FFK described the Kogi State Governor as a man of integrity and profound decency, calling on the latter’s critics to desist from “peddling these specious lies and slanderous falsehood”. This is the same Yahaya Bello he (FFK) once insulted as being worse than “accursed slave”. What has really changed?
Though when asked if switching sides had any financial undertone, Fani-Kayode took exceptions and termed it “insulting”.
“I find that very insulting whether it is coming from you or my critics. I am not the first person that would decamp to the APC. Have you asked others this same question?” Fani-Kayode queried Channels TV reporter.
But what has light got to do with darkness, if there is nothing fishy in the cupboard? Fani-Kayode should know that Nigerians are more enlightened and they don’t need a seer to interpret the handwriting on the wall.
It is true there is no permanent enemy in politics, but we must accept the fact that we are solely responsible for our choice of actions, and posterity will always fight back in the long run.
Politics in Nigeria today has been turned to a ‘political market’ where politicians now transact in guise of being led by the ‘spirit of God’. This is now the new anthem in town. Truly, politics can be a dirty game!
– Arogbonlo Israel, a good governance advocate and journalist, writes from Lagos.