The Director-General of the Progressive Governor’s Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has revealed how the defection of the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was stalled.
In a statement on Friday in Abuja, Lukman said the defection was stalled because the move was rejected by top members of the ruling party.
Lukman said the fact that members were able to reject Fani-Kayode’s attempt to join the party show the APC has values and strong internal democratic culture.
The APC chieftain, however, berated the opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for lacking internal democratic culture.
He said: “Again, we are as a party debating the issue of who should join our party or not represent the qualitative difference between the APC and PDP. If it were PDP, once the National Chairman of the party act on a matter and backed by a serving governor, members can only grumble.
“I am proud to have my voice guaranteed and affirmed by my leaders in APC. As an employee of Governors, it has been a privileged opportunity to speak out openly on matters within the purview of leadership initiative. Rather than my leaders, including our Governors, relating to me as a subordinate who should only take instructions, they recognise and respect my views as a loyal member of the party.”
He added, “The issue of Mr Fani-Kayode’s drifted attempt to join the APC is a clear instance of attempts to manipulate some of our leaders into accepting membership of someone who ought not to have been considered a member of our party. If that was the case in the past, it is better late than never to correct such a mistake.
“As party members, we were able to rise up to the challenge of engaging our leaders. Fortunately, we are able to gain the respect of our leaders and surely, moving forward, issues of who qualifies to be a member of our party will be clarified unambiguously. Maybe this could challenge the PDP and other parties in Nigeria to begin to address issues related to their failings.”