femi fani-kayode
femi fani-kayode

CHIEFTAINS and members of
the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in Ile-Ife, Osun State
which is the home town of the
Director of Media and Publicity
of the party’s
Presidential Campaign, Chief
Femi Fani-Kayode yesterday
rose in strong
defence of Fani-Kayode
declaring him as a genuine,
dedicated and loyal member of
the party not only in the ancient
town but across the country.
The party’s chairman in ward
05, Iremo, Ile-Ife, Mr Rasheed
Ojikuti while addressing a press
conference in Ile-Ife said the
party at the ward level was in
support of Fani-Kayode, who he
described as a committed and
financial member of the party.
Also, the PDP leader warned
members of the National
Working Committee (NWC) of
the party to stop victimizing the
former aviation minister and
allow him to remain as a bona
fide member of the party.
The PDP leader emphasised
that Fani-Kayode has contributed
financially to the party at both
the ward, local, state and national
level in no small measure,
stressing that the commitment of
the former aviation minister to
the sustenance of the party in Ile-
Ife and Osun state at large was
It would be recalled that the
NWC of the PDP had through the National Secretary of the party,
Professor Wale Oladipo directed
the Osun state chairman of the
party, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa
to authenticate the membership
status of Fani-Kayode.
However, Ojikutu recalled
that Fani-Kayode was issued
the party’s membership card
in Iremo ward 05 ward, Ile-Ife
when he defected from the All
Progressives Congress (APC to the PDP, stressing
that he has since been
contributing well to the
party at all levels since
then till date.
According to him
“Chief Femi Fani-Kayode
is a loyal and bona-fide
member of the PDP. He
was issued a membership
card of the party in our
ward here in Ile-Ife, his
home town when he
returned to the party
following relentless and
intense pressure from us,
and since then he has been
contributing immensely
and generously far above the
statutory required levies, both in
cash and in kind to the continued
growth of our party at all levels.”
He described the former
minister as a great pillar of
support and beacon of light to
the party in Ile-Ife and Osun
state at large, adding that the
contributions of Fani-Kayode to
the PDP at national levels can
also not be underestimated.
He added that “it came to us
as a surprise that despite the immense contributions of Chief
Fani-Kayode to the PDP at all
levels, the NWC of the party
is seeking disciplinary action
against him just because he
joined other great party leaders
like Governor Ayo Fayose of
Ekiti state in calling for NWC
members to go home after
leading the party to its worst
election in its 16 year history.
“We wonder why among
all the people that raised
similar issues, only Chief Fani-
Kayode has been singled out
for a planned sanction. Could
this be a deliberate plan to
victimize this great man and
force him out of the party he
labored so much for? If it is so,
we assure Nigerians that we
shall stand by Chief Femi Fani-
Kayode and his likes to the
end no matter the cost to our
persons and offices. We abhor
victimization, injustice and
tyranny, and we shall prove
this with all our strength and
everything at our disposal in
the coming days unless those
concerned retrace their steps,”
he added.