Femi Fani-Kayode, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has explained why he is supporting APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Fani-Kayode, in an interview on Politics Today on Channels Television, explained that his choice was based on personal conviction and national cohesion.
He said, “My decision to speak for the APC and Tinubu has nothing to do with morality. It is a matter of choice. It is my choice. When I was in the PDP, I fought against those who were against my party. Now that I am no longer in the PDP but in the APC, I will fight those who are against my party.
“That is my nature and I take these decisions with conviction and courage. The most important thing…the biggest threat to national unity and cohesion for me is that power should not be shifted to the South after eight years of a Hausa/Fulani man ruling this country,” he added.
Fani-Kayode has been a staunch advocate of the party’s same faith, insisting that Tinubu should be elected in 2023.
The APC chieftain, who noted that no true Christian would be satisfied with such a choice, said he had prayed over the matter, adding that there was nothing wrong with the choice between Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.
Fani-Kayode was known in recent years for being critical of the APC and Tinubu, accusing the ruling party of plotting to Islamize the country.
However, the former minister said he was only against the APC because he was in the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Fani-Koyode noted that many things have changed since he joined the APC and that even the issue of Fulanization has been put to rest by Tinubu’s election as APC flagbearer.
The APC chairman also defended Shettima, the APC vice presidential candidate, saying the former Borno State governor had built more churches in Borno than any other governor.
He said, “And the APC has fielded a candidate from the South and that is the important thing. The decisions the candidate from the south makes are the decisions he is comfortable with.
“Obviously, there are problems with the same-faith ticket. There are problems with that. Any Christian who tells you they’re particularly happy with that can’t be a real Christian,” he added.