The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has finally reacted to the defection of former member, Femi Fani-Kayode, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fani-Kayode was received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, last Thursday, into the ruling party.
Reacting to the defection of the former aviation minister, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the opposition party, Diran Odeyemi, said the PDP wishes the APC well for “taking away a bad baggage that Fani-Kayode represents”.
The opposing party described the former member as a worthless catch for APC.
Odeyemi called on Buhari to ensure the proper trial of Fani-Kayode and all ex-members of the party who are facing corruption charges.
He warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against discontinuing the corruption cases against Fani-Kayode and others.
Odeyemi also said Fani-Kayode was never a member of PDP, as he did not identify with PDP in his hometown in Ile-Ife, Osun State, or in Abuja where he resides.
The PDP also mocked the APC over protest by some of its members, following the politician’s defection to the party.
“The opportunity is now there for President Muhammadu Buhari to show Nigerians that he is fighting corruption indeed,” the PDP said.
“If for nothing else, now that Fani Kayode and all the other politicians that decamped from PDP into APC with running EFCC cases, we expect him to swing into action on their corruption cases and ensure a more thorough prosecution.
“With that done, he will be convincing Nigerians that those decampees were not pressured into joining APC so as to free them of EFCC cases. If truly he is fighting corruption, cases of someone like Fani-Kayode, alleged of embezzling almost N2billion, meant for the construction runaway in Enugu airport must now receive speedy trial.
“Since he has joined them now, they have no need looking around for him anymore because we believe that his going to them will be an opportunity to speed up action on his case.
“We declare Fani-Kayode a political liability. We are not missing him in any way. He is not a card-carrying member of PDP because he didn’t register anywhere. He has no constituency, no electoral value, no followership, he is just living on the past glory of being a Minister.
“We wish APC well for taking away a bad baggage that Femi Fani-Kayode represents. Interestingly, APC members are even protesting against his coming to join their party.”