Suspending Fayemi because I visited him is absurd – Fani-Kayode slams APC
Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State for suspending Governor Kayode Fayemi over his visit to the governor, describing the suspension as absurd.
He stated this in a Twitter thread on Friday shortly after the Ekiti State Executive Committee of the party announced the governor’s suspension.
Fani-Kayode had visited Ekiti as part of a tour of Southern states for four days ending on September 15.
He had tweeted his experience at the time.
As part of my tour of the Southern states I have spent the last 4 days in Ado Ekiti with my friend & brother Governor Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti state and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum. We have been discussing crucial national issues and matters concerning..1/5 pic.twitter.com/WZVjYCzQgA
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) September 14, 2020
Loving Ado Ekiti and thanking Governor Kayode Fayemi, his team and everyone here for a wonderful time! I have had a great stay! Next destination here I come! pic.twitter.com/bhm2e57vFu
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) September 15, 2020
In a statement announcing Fayemi’s suspension, the State Executive Committee (SEC) listed Fani-Kayode’s visit as one of the sins of the governor.
The statement read in part, “That Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State is hereby suspended from the Party in view of his numerous anti-party activities especially his role in the recent concluded governorship election in Edo State which is contrary to the provisions of Article 21 (A) (ii) of the APC Constitution.
“For five days prior to the Edo elections, Gov Fayemi hosted PDP big wig Mr. Femi Fani- Kayode in the government house in Ado Ekiti in the run-up to the Edo elections. It was here they perfected the coup against our party in Edo State. This is the same Fani-Kayode who daily abuses President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the APC as a party as well a vital section of our country. We have evidence of that meeting.
“Fani-Kayode specifically said he has gone on his tour as part of an effort between him and Fayemi to build a cross-party alliance and few hours after leaving Ekiti he fired a shot at Asiwaju Tinubu.”
But in his reaction, Fani-Kayode tweeted, “Fayemi is a loyal member of APC whilst I am in PDP.
“Accusing him of “anti-party activities” and attempting to suspend him from his party because I visited him to discuss national and South West issues is absurd.
“Is it “anti-party” to meet with a friend of over 30 years?
“Is it “anti-party” to attempt to engender peace in our nation and to build bridges across regional, ethnic, religious and party lines?
“Is it “anti-party” to practice politics without bitterness?
“We must accept the fact that talking to those that we do not agree with politically is something that ought to be encouraged. Politics is not war!”