Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister has lastly responded to the reactions trailing his rumoured plan to dump the Peoples Democratic Get together PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Fani-Kayode gave his response in a prolonged article he made out there to newsmen on the weekend.
He insisted that earlier than the following common elections, there will likely be many realignments and new alliances, including that main events will see many shifts and that many people will change sides.
Right here’s the complete textual content of the PDP chieftain’s response:
Lure, spy claims
During the last week, hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have expressed concern about which path I’m going politically and far has been stated.
Some have gone out of their option to attain out to me and supplied their counsel out of real love and concern.
Others haven’t reached out to me and have written or spoken out of ignorance, hate and malice imputing the worst motivations for actions that they declare I’ve purportedly taken.
This contribution is an try to supply solutions to only a few of the oftentimes asinine and absurd assertions and observations that the latter group has made.
Some say they warned me and that I’ve fallen right into a entice while others say my voice has been silenced, I’m a spy and that this indicators the top of my political profession.
My response to them and others who’ve conjured up even stranger motivations and conspiracy theories in relation to FFK is as follows:
To whom it could concern: spare me your crocodile tears and be relaxation assured that I’m too massive, too clever, too skilled and too forthright to fall into any entice.
It’s unimaginable to castrate a lion, render it impotent or silence its roar.
I stand on all my beliefs, core values and rules. I’m the voice of the unvoiced, I’m a warrior, I worry nothing, I worry no-one, I’m as fixed because the northern star and I’ll ALWAYS stand in opposition to evil.
Chatting with different leaders throughout celebration traces with a view to construct bridges, engender peace, foster stability and improve nationwide unity ought to not create such nationwide and worldwide rage, panic and pandemonium.
Are we so divided that we will’t even speak to at least one one other and take footage collectively with out inflicting a public stir and setting the Web on hearth?
You insult me and say I’m afraid of jail as a result of I had a gathering with two APC governors?
Are you aware what number of PDP and APC governors and leaders I work together with and meet usually? Are you aware what number of I speak to every day?
Are you aware that I used to be prosecuted for seven years by PDP governments which tried to jail me merely for talking out in opposition to them but it didn’t deter me? Ask those who had been within the Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations.
After some time, they received drained as a result of the extra they tried to intimidate me into silence or make me flee the nation, the extra I stood my floor and fought from my nook until they gave up.
Does that sound like a person that’s afraid of demise or jail?
You insult me and say I’m broke as a result of I had talks with two APC governors.
Are you aware that what I spend on wage in a single month is greater than what a few of these folks which can be claiming I’m broke earn in 5 or 10 years?
I’ve 55 home employees in my home alone. Not one in all them will get beneath 70,000 naira per 30 days which is increased than the nationwide minimal wage.
I don’t owe salaries and I feed every of the three sq. meals each day.
I do all this simply to assist them and to make sure they will take care of and feed their households. Does that sound like a broke?
That’s my little contribution to the welfare of our folks as a result of I actually don’t want so many employees. I make use of them simply to maintain them off the unemployment line.
Aside from that, have you learnt how many individuals I give scholarships to and the way many individuals’s kids I feed and educate? Are you aware what number of different households I’m liable for by way of day-to-day dwelling?
The Bible says “be your brother’s keeper” and I do these items unto the Lord. I do them and I’ll by no means cease even when my good is repaid with evil.
The Lord has all the time supplied for me and given me the fats of the land. He has all the time triggered me to be a blessing to others although I don’t make noise about it.
For the final 60 years of my life, He has been good to me. He has triggered me to excel, prosper and flourish and from starting to finish He has all the time been with me and mine.
You say I generate profits by politics; in the meantime, I left public workplace in 2007 which is 13 years in the past! Does that make sense to you? In any case, is politics my solely supply of earnings?
Am I your standard politician who craves elective workplace? Do I even attend their conferences? I’ve been on this recreation since 1990!
I’ve been making contributions to present affairs, political discourse and politics for the previous 31 years which is lengthy earlier than most of as we speak’s governors or Ministers even knew the that means of the phrase.
And it was all the time a wrestle that concerned sacrifice. The place had been my detractors after I was in NADECO and fought in opposition to the navy rule?
The information are there and so are the essays and among the folks I labored with.
The place had been they after we arrange September Membership in 1989 and among the nation’s biggest leaders and elder statesmen and high politicians over the past 30 years, together with presidents, governors, Ministers and legislators throughout celebration traces, had been members?
The place had been they within the days of NRC, SDP and Selection ’92 when politics was actual, when the greats held sway and when males honoured their phrase?
The place had been they after we risked all for MKO Abiola’s stolen mandate and June twelfth and even had to enter exile for years due to it?
The place had been they after we stood in opposition to the annulment of June twelfth and fought in opposition to the federal government of Normal Sani Abacha?
The place had been they after we shaped the Progressive Motion Motion in 1999 and among the nation’s brightest and finest younger stars and minds made their contribution to nationwide affairs?
The place had been they after we fought in opposition to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was allegedly despatched to destroy the PDP?
The place had been they after I led President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential marketing campaign in 2015 and took the battle to the gates of the enemy?
The place had been they after I stood behind President Olusegun Obasanjo and confronted down ALL his detractors?
The place had been they after I was focused and virtually assassinated on two separate events in the course of the Obasanjo presidency just because I used to be the President’s defender-in-chief and armour bearer and was completely dedicated to his trigger?
I did all this prior to now and current and also you say I’m getting cash from it? Are you aware the dangers concerned in these items?
Are you aware I may have been killed along with members of my household way back and most actually would have had it not been for God?
Can my detractors hand over a lot and danger a lot only for politics? Truthfully, it truly is the deepest insult.
Wealth and politics
A few of us had been born into wealth and have by no means lacked it. We had been born into politics too. We had been born into the circles of energy so nothing strikes us.
For us, politics is a noble calling and never a occupation. It’s about proffering options to advanced nationwide points and never concerning the acquisition of primitive wealth.
We gave up all for the wrestle for democracy and the chance to assist to develop our nation and transfer her ahead and now we’re insulted and mocked and informed we did it for cash? Which cash?
How a lot can I be purchased or bribed with? All the cash on the planet couldn’t transfer me as a result of I’ve by no means lacked it.
What have I not had or loved in life from a really younger age? The place have I not been?
I got here to the conclusion way back that each one is self-importance and that materials wealth means nothing. I might by no means sacrifice my rules or integrity for it.
Mallam Abba Kyari, the President’s late and highly effective Chief of Workers, was my brother for over 40 years and we interacted usually while he was in energy.
I by no means requested him for ANYTHING from his authorities simply as I by no means requested or received ANYTHING from any of the earlier Federal Governments between 2007 and 2021.
If I had carried out so I might not have been capable of criticise these governments publicly and I might have been uncovered. You can not criticise the place you eat from.
I didn’t be part of APC when Abba was in authorities and I didn’t compromise my rules after I may have requested him for something since he had the ear of the President.
I revered and liked him for who he was and NOT for the place he held and the sensation was mutual.
I opposed his authorities regardless of our friendship and didn’t share his views but we remained mates as a result of our friendship was properly above politics.
That’s what civilised folks do. They comply with disagree and respect one another’s views. They by no means let it come between their friendship.
I opposed Abba’s authorities and risked shedding an previous and dependable buddy and brother as a result of I believed passionately in all I stated. I believed all that I stated then and I nonetheless imagine it as we speak.
All that and now you dare to query my resolve and consistency? It’s laughable.
You say I’m inconsistent. In the meantime, I’ve been extra constant in my views over the past 30 years than 95% of Nigerian leaders and I’ve caught to my weapons regardless of all method of persecution and struggling!
You say I’ve no relevance in the meantime hundreds of thousands everywhere in the world learn my phrases avidly each day and observe my actions religiously as a result of I encourage them as a result of the truth that I’ve all the time had the braveness of my convictions and I’ve all the time spoken reality to energy.
In contrast to most politicians, I truly encourage folks and provides them hope. And most necessary of all they belief me and belief my judgment.
They’ve additionally acknowledged the truth that as a rule my phrases are prophetic and I’ve displayed outstanding perception and foresight in relation to nationwide affairs.
What number of of your so-called “related” leaders have carried out that? What number of of them have displayed such braveness below hearth for years on finish?
What number of of them can have their newspaper columns in three nationwide dailies closed over time as a result of threats to the publishers from the federal government and but preserve writing their essays on social media with hundreds of thousands of individuals everywhere in the world nonetheless studying them and receiving the message?
What number of of them might be blacklisted by newspapers and tv stations with threatening orders from above and nonetheless preserve speaking?
What number of of them throughout celebration traces can mould the ideas and information hundreds of thousands on this approach with their counsel, phrases, actions and ideas?
First seven years of persecution below PDP then 5 years of persecution below APC! HOW lots of your leaders can stand such hearth and ache and nonetheless battle on?
Nearly all of them ever do is promote you down the river, let you know lies, ignore your ache, deceive you, mock you, use you and offer you crumbs in return on your acclamation, assist and loyalty however you like them for that.
You say I’m afraid of much more persecution. On the age of 60, you imagine I’m scared?
What extra can they do to me that they haven’t carried out already? And what extra am I in search of in life that I’ve not loved over time?
But you say I’m scared! And those who say so can barely endure one-tenth of what I’ve endured.
A few of them make noise from the protection of different international locations and keep away from Nigeria out of worry of being locked up but they mock these of us that stay on the doorsteps of our oppressors in Nigeria and dare them to their faces.
A few of them haven’t been capable of face hardship or deprivation and neither can they bear it when their rights are being violated.
But to many people this has change into the norm and we’re used to it but we nonetheless proceed to wrestle and battle the system regardless. Let me offer you only one instance. Are you aware that I’ve not been capable of journey out of Nigeria for the final 13 years as a result of my passport was first seized by a PDP authorities for eight years after which by an APC authorities for 5 years?
Are you aware that I couldn’t even go for medical check-ups outdoors the nation due to that?
Locked up with B/Haram suspects
Did you ever hear me complain or did this ever cease me from talking reality to energy, standing agency in opposition to injustice or talking up for the weak, the persecuted and the unvoiced?
Are you aware I used to be locked up by each PDP and APC Federal Governments for no simply trigger?
Are you aware I used to be even locked up in Boko Haram detention centres with Boko Haram suspects?
Are you aware that solely terrorists had been stored within the facility that they stored me? Are you aware that that place was worse than Guantanamo Bay and that it was constructed by the British authorities?
Are you aware how terrifying that was and that I may have been killed or maimed while there?
But did you ever hear me complain about it, submit, compromise, hand over or again down from criticising the federal government or earlier governments due to these trials and tribulations?
What number of of your so-called “related” and “nice” leaders can bear such torment and injustice with out cracking? Did you ever see or hear me crack? Did I ever break?
Are you aware what horrors my first spouse Regina and my daughter Remi had been subjected to by a PDP authorities? Are you aware why that they had to enter exile and stay overseas?
Are you aware what hell my ex-wife Treasured and first son Aragorn had been subjected to by the APC authorities?
Are you aware the tears we shed secretly and the variety of instances we suffered and had been pressured to go underground for no simply trigger?
Are you aware the form of stress and torment this put us by? Are you aware that each one our financial institution accounts had been frozen for 5 years?
Did all that cease me or cease us from standing? Did we not endure and bear all of it with dignity for years and nonetheless proceed to make our contribution to nationwide affairs with zeal and keenness?
But leaders like me that make these sacrifices and converse the reality you describe as having no relevance, no consistency and also you hate.
You mock, ridicule, insult and imagine the very worst about us on the drop of a hat. Some even have the nerve and effrontery to say we’re not politicians just because we’ve not run for elective workplace.
It’s those that converse the reality and that’s brave sufficient to show and confront the evil that you simply hate, decide and all the time suppose and assume the more serious off on the drop of a hat.
Are you aware that regardless of going through probably the most vicious persecution and prosecution for seven lengthy years the court docket discovered me not responsible of corruption while I used to be Minister of Aviation and Minister of Tradition and Tourism and acquitted and discharged me?
What number of of your leaders can endure going to court docket for seven years earlier than 4 totally different judges and within the midst of a vicious media witch-hunt during which most individuals who knew nothing concerning the case had declared me responsible?
What number of of you possibly can have survived that with out capitulating, cracking, begging and bending the knee?
Are you aware that I’ve been going through prosecution for the previous 5 years in two separate courts for doing completely nothing mistaken besides main a presidential marketing campaign in opposition to Buhari and for Jonathan in 2015 and as a consequence of politically-motivated and malicious fees which had been filed solely due to my bitter and harsh opposition to the Buhari authorities?
Are you aware that below my tenure as Minister of Aviation there have been no aircraft crashes while the yr earlier than I got here in there have been 5 and 453 died in these crashes?
Are you aware that I put a cease to these crashes and that I’m the one Minister of Aviation in Nigerian historical past below which there have been NO aircraft crashes?
Are you aware that regardless of all of the challenges and persecution I used to be lately polled by 85% of the readers of Vanguard Newspaper that I used to be the loudest and most constant voice of opposition in opposition to the Buhari authorities over the past 5 years?
All this but you label me a coward and somebody that has achieved nothing?
Are you aware that the majority of these leaders you revere and love a lot are cowards who’re unable and unwilling to danger all and converse reality to energy?
All they’re able to do is to mislead you and their followers to hate and insult these of us that basically take care of you.
Truthfully, some folks want psychological well being checks and medical consideration!
And for anybody to say I cannot be welcome in a celebration that I’ve not publicly expressed a want to hitch amazes me.
The joker that claimed I used to be rejected by the APC wants to inform me the place and after I utilized to hitch them and what my registration quantity was!
Did I let you know I’m leaving PDP for APC? Or did I inform anybody that I’ll keep in PDP without end it doesn’t matter what occurs or it doesn’t matter what they do to me or to the nation?
You see, not like most, I’m a one-man military and riot squad and I’m accountable to no man or celebration. I’m solely accountable to God!
In contrast to most, I don’t do issues at nighttime and I don’t draw back from talking the reality or my thoughts as soon as it’s set.
When and if I ever select to make a transfer I will likely be clear and categorical and I’ll let the world know, so maintain your hate hearth until we get to that bridge.
But know this: I owe no-one any rationalization for what I’ll do or won’t do tomorrow, I’ll gladly stay with the results of my actions and choices and I’ll defend myself and clarify my actions after I select to take action if I imagine it’s ever crucial.
2023 realignments, new alliances
I have no idea what the main points are but however, earlier than 2023, there WILL be many realignments and new alliances. Each events will see many shifts and lots of people will change sides.
It is because we should get it proper in 2023 and we should be sure that whoever takes energy on the centre, no matter celebration affiliation, restructures our nation and takes our nation to the promised land.
We should construct bridges and safe the peace, unity and progress of this nation and most necessary of all we should keep away from civil struggle and do all we will to avoid wasting our nation from armed battle and fratricidal butchery.
That’s the problem earlier than us as we speak and that’s the actuality of Nigerian politics.
While others meet secretly and conceal from the cameras of their quest to realize these goals, I cannot. I’m the beloved of the Lord and I’m a LION!
No man born of a lady can silence my roar!
I’m who I’m. I’m FFK.