Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has hailed the decision of the Wike Group to pull out of the PDP presidential campaign activities for the 2023 election.
The ex-minister said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shown a lack of capacity to reward loyal members.
Recall that the Wike group announced its decision to pull out of the party’s presidential campaign early Wednesday.
The group demanded the resignation or removal of the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu as a condition for returning to the campaign.
Reacting in a Facebook post, Fani-Kayode, who is a former PDP chieftain, sympathised with the Wike group.
He said the group was being “treated like filth by their own party”.
According to him, they “literally had no choice but to pull out of the Atiku campaign”.
Fani-Kayode, who is a chieftain of the ruling APC, said he foresaw the crisis now rocking the PDP “long ago”.
“Why do you think I left the PDP in the first place?” he asked.
“It is a party that is no longer national and does not even pretend to have respect for Southerners.
“It is a party that is incapable of rewarding loyalty and keeping its word.
“It is a party that begins and ends in the North and every Southerner and Middle Belter that is still there is nothing but a quisling and a stooge.
“It is a party that does not believe in or understand the importance of building bridges of peace, love and understanding between the North and the South and ensuring fairness, justice and equity for all.
“It is a party that does nothing but insult and seek to marginalise and destroy it’s perceived detractors and enemies and putting Nigeria in its hands would mean the end of our country within a matter of months,” Fani-Kayode said.
He said that the PDP had deviated from the ideals laid down by former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.
“This is a dying and decaying fly and maggot infested carcass and a pitiful shadow and shell of its former self.
“A party with no morals or decency that treats those that stood by it, helped it and fought for it over the years with contempt and disdain.
“A party that uses and dumps.
“A party that seeks to deride, misrepresent and humiliate all those that once stood in the trenches with them and fought fir their cause.
“A party which has close and covert links with the terrorists that are killing, maiming and kidnapping our people.
“A party which is powered and controlled by hidden forces that believe they own Nigeria and that have not only sought to destabilise our nation but have also unleashed murder, mayhem, hell and terror against our people.
“A party that does not want peace but delights in conflict, rancour, division, hegemony and war.
“A party some of whose leaders and members are behind much of the insurgency, bloodshed and mass murder in the North West and parts of the North Central and particularly in Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Nassarawa and Katsina.
“A party that has done nothing but humiliate its former President and flagbearer for the 2015 presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan, over the last seven years and who did not even see fit to give him a place or a role in their Presidential Campaign Council.
“A party whose National Chairman is little better than a haughty peacock and who is so vain, puffed up, conceited and deluded that he believes he is more important than all the Presidents on the African continent put together.
“The only thing they know how to do is use religion and ethnicity to fight. They know nothing else.
“They pit Nigerian against Nigerian and seek to divide us rather than bring us together.
“They do not care about progress and they do not even know the meaning of the word: they only care about their pockets.
“The only way forward for the Wike group is to come out of the shadows and support Asiwaju for the presidential campaign and get their supporters to vote for his candidacy. It is a matter of honor.
“They took everything from them including their self-respect and dignity. What more do they have left and what are they waiting for?
“If Atiku wins the election he will come after them with all he has got and utterly crush and destroy them.
“Even if Atiku or Okowa themselves are not interested in doing so the hawks around them like Sule Lamido, Attahiru Bafarawa and Adamu Waziri will ensure this is done.
“For the Wike group the threat is now existential. Each and every one of them has been marked for destruction and humiliation by the new leaders of their party.
“PDP is not only a menace to their own loyal members but a very real and present danger to Nigeria.
“They should be treated with contempt and the shameless club of degenerates and clan of lepers that they are,” Fani-Kayode stated.
Meanwhile, Atiku later released a statement saying nobody could force Ayu to resign from his post.