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Nigeria 2023 elections: Why fierce Buhari critic Femi Fani-Kayode joined presidential camp

By Akin Irede

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Posted on September 20, 2021 12:33

Former Nigerian minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode
Former Nigerian minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, is making friends with the APC

Ahead of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who was President Muhammadu Buhari’s fiercest critic, has joined the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). While the move has divided the APC, it appears to be an attempt by Buhari to counter powerful presidential aspirant Bola Tinubu in the south west.

The easiest way to get on the bad side of Fani-Kayode, popularly known as FFK, was to describe him as a member of the APC or a supporter of Buhari. A barrage of social media insults subsequently followed.

When a blog reported the rumour of his defection to the APC in December 2019, Fani-Kayode launched a tirade of abuse at the ruling party and even said he would rather die than join it.

He described the APC as an association of ‘Almajiri’- children who are sent far away to gain Islamic knowledge but end up becoming street beggars.

“The suggestion that I joined the APC is false and insulting. Those that are peddling this fake news should bury their heads in shame. With what we have witnessed I would rather die than join a filthy, rat-infested, sinking ship like the Almajiri Peoples Congress,” he said on Twitter.

“Those that claim that I have joined them and that seek to link my good

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