Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister has lastly responded to the reactions trailing his rumoured plan to dump the Peoples Democratic Occasion 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 subsequent normal elections, there might 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 total textual content of the PDP chieftain’s response:
Lure, spy claims
Over the past week, thousands and thousands of Nigerians have expressed concern about which route I’m going politically and far has been mentioned.
Some have gone out of their technique to attain out to me and provided 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 offer solutions to just some 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 alerts the tip of my political profession.
My response to them and others who’ve conjured up even stranger motivations and conspiracy theories in terms of FFK is as follows:
To whom it might concern: spare me your crocodile tears and be relaxation assured that I’m too huge, too clever, too skilled and too forthright to fall into any entice.
It’s inconceivable to castrate a lion, render it impotent or silence its roar.
I stand on all my beliefs, core values and ideas. I’m the voice of the unvoiced, I’m a warrior, I concern nothing, I concern no-one, I’m as fixed because the northern star and I’ll ALWAYS stand in opposition to evil.
Chatting with different leaders throughout occasion traces so as 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 are able to’t even speak to 1 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 petrified of jail as a result of I had a gathering with two APC governors?
Have you learnt what number of PDP and APC governors and leaders I work together with and meet commonly? Have you learnt what number of I speak to every day?
Have you learnt 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 have been within the Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations.
After some time, they acquired 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 petrified of dying or jail?
You insult me and say I’m broke as a result of I had talks with two APC governors.
Have you learnt that what I spend on wage in a single month is greater than what a few of these folks which might be claiming I’m broke earn in 5 or 10 years?
I’ve 55 home workers in my home alone. Not considered one of them will get under 70,000 naira per 30 days which is greater 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’ll 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 definitely don’t want so many workers. 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? Have you learnt what number of different households I’m liable for when it comes to day-to-day residing?
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 precipitated 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 precipitated 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 right this moment’s governors or Ministers even knew the that means of the phrase.
And it was all the time a battle that concerned sacrifice. The place have 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 have been they after we arrange September Membership in 1989 and among the nation’s best leaders and elder statesmen and prime politicians over the past 30 years, together with presidents, governors, Ministers and legislators throughout occasion traces, have been members?
The place have been they within the days of NRC, SDP and Alternative ’92 when politics was actual, when the greats held sway and when males honoured their phrase?
The place have 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 have been they after we stood in opposition to the annulment of June twelfth and fought in opposition to the federal government of Basic Sani Abacha?
The place have been they after we shaped the Progressive Motion Motion in 1999 and among the nation’s brightest and greatest younger stars and minds made their contribution to nationwide affairs?
The place have been they after we fought in opposition to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was allegedly despatched to destroy the PDP?
The place have 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 have been they after I stood behind President Olusegun Obasanjo and confronted down ALL his detractors?
The place have been they after I was focused and virtually assassinated on two separate events throughout 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 making a living from it? Have you learnt the dangers concerned in these items?
Have you learnt I may have been killed along with members of my household way back and most definitely would have had it not been for God?
Can my detractors hand over a lot and threat a lot only for politics? Actually, it truly is the deepest insult.
Wealth and politics
A few of us have been born into wealth and have by no means lacked it. We have been born into politics too. We have been born into the circles of energy so nothing strikes us.
For us, politics is a noble calling and never a career. It’s about proffering options to complicated nationwide points and never in regards to the acquisition of primitive wealth.
We gave up all for the battle for democracy and the chance to assist to develop our nation and transfer her ahead and now we’re insulted and mocked and instructed 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 ideas or integrity for it.
Mallam Abba Kyari, the President’s late and highly effective Chief of Employees, was my brother for over 40 years and we interacted commonly while he was in energy.
I by no means requested him for ANYTHING from his authorities simply as I by no means requested or acquired ANYTHING from any of the earlier Federal Governments between 2007 and 2021.
If I had achieved so I might not have been capable of criticise these governments publicly and I might have been uncovered. You can’t criticise the place you eat from.
I didn’t be a part of APC when Abba was in authorities and I didn’t compromise my ideas after I may have requested him for something since he had the ear of the President.
I revered and beloved him for who he was and NOT for the place he held and the sensation was mutual.
I opposed his authorities despite 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 dropping an previous and dependable buddy and brother as a result of I believed passionately in all I mentioned. I believed all that I mentioned then and I nonetheless imagine it right this moment.
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 thousands and thousands all around the world learn my phrases avidly each day and comply with my actions religiously as a result of I encourage them as a consequence of the truth that I’ve all the time had the braveness of my convictions and I’ve all the time spoken fact to energy.
In contrast to most politicians, I really encourage folks and provides them hope. And most vital 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 terms of nationwide affairs.
What number of of your so-called “related” leaders have achieved that? What number of of them have displayed such braveness beneath hearth for years on finish?
What number of of them can have their newspaper columns in three nationwide dailies closed over time as a consequence of threats to the publishers from the federal government and but maintain writing their essays on social media with thousands and thousands of individuals all around the world nonetheless studying them and receiving the message?
What number of of them will be blacklisted by newspapers and tv stations with threatening orders from above and nonetheless maintain speaking?
What number of of them throughout occasion traces can mould the ideas and information thousands and thousands on this approach with their counsel, phrases, actions and ideas?
First seven years of persecution beneath PDP then 5 years of persecution beneath APC! HOW a lot of your leaders can stand such hearth and ache and nonetheless struggle on?
Virtually all of them ever do is promote you down the river, inform you lies, ignore your ache, deceive you, mock you, use you and offer you crumbs in return in your acclamation, assist and loyalty however you’re keen on them for that.
You say I’m petrified 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 achieved already? And what extra am I searching for 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 nations and steer clear of Nigeria out of concern of being locked up but they mock these of us that dwell 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 develop into the norm and we’re used to it but we nonetheless proceed to battle and struggle the system regardless. Let me offer you only one instance. Have you learnt 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?
Have you learnt that I couldn’t even go for medical check-ups exterior 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 fact to energy, standing agency in opposition to injustice or talking up for the weak, the persecuted and the unvoiced?
Have you learnt I used to be locked up by each PDP and APC Federal Governments for no simply trigger?
Have you learnt I used to be even locked up in Boko Haram detention centres with Boko Haram suspects?
Have you learnt that solely terrorists have been saved within the facility that they saved me? Have you learnt that that place was worse than Guantanamo Bay and that it was constructed by the British authorities?
Have you learnt 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?
Have you learnt what horrors my first spouse Regina and my daughter Remi have been subjected to by a PDP authorities? Have you learnt why they’d to enter exile and dwell overseas?
Have you learnt what hell my ex-wife Valuable and first son Aragorn have been subjected to by the APC authorities?
Have you learnt the tears we shed secretly and the variety of occasions we suffered and have been pressured to go underground for no simply trigger?
Have you learnt the sort of stress and torment this put us by? Have you learnt that each one our financial institution accounts have 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 aren’t 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, choose and all the time assume and assume the more serious off on the drop of a hat.
Have you learnt 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 completely different judges and within the midst of a vicious media witch-hunt wherein most individuals who knew nothing in regards to the case had declared me responsible?
What number of of you might have survived that with out capitulating, cracking, begging and bending the knee?
Have you learnt that I’ve been going through prosecution for the previous 5 years in two separate courts for doing completely nothing flawed besides main a presidential marketing campaign in opposition to Buhari and for Jonathan in 2015 and as a consequence of politically-motivated and malicious prices which have been filed solely due to my bitter and cruel opposition to the Buhari authorities?
Have you learnt that beneath my tenure as Minister of Aviation there have been no aircraft crashes while the 12 months earlier than I got here in there have been 5 and 453 died in these crashes?
Have you learnt that I put a cease to these crashes and that I’m the one Minister of Aviation in Nigerian historical past beneath which there have been NO aircraft crashes?
Have you learnt 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?
Have you learnt that almost all of these leaders you revere and love a lot are cowards who’re unable and unwilling to threat all and converse fact to energy?
All they can do is to mislead you and their followers to hate and insult these of us that actually look after you.
Actually, 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 affix 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 affix them and what my registration quantity was!
Did I inform you 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 occasion. I’m solely accountable to God!
In contrast to most, I don’t do issues in the dead of night 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 might 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 clarification for what I’ll do or is not going to do tomorrow, I’ll gladly dwell with the implications of my actions and selections and I’ll defend myself and clarify my actions after I select to take action if I imagine it’s ever mandatory.
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 make sure that whoever takes energy on the centre, no matter occasion 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 vital of all we should keep away from civil battle and do all we are able to to save lots of our nation from armed battle and fratricidal butchery.
That’s the problem earlier than us right this moment and that’s the actuality of Nigerian politics.
While others meet secretly and conceal from the cameras of their quest to realize these aims, 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.