Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode says he recently met with leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to discuss the nation’s future.
Mr Fani-Kayode on Sunday met Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello and chairman of APC caretaker/extra-ordinary convention planning committee Mai Mala Buni in Abuja. He also met with Senator Smart Adeyemi.
The ex-minister has since come under attack on social media following reports he was considering leaving the Peoples Democratic Party for the APC which he has vehemently criticised over the years.
However, in a statement on Tuesday posted to Facebook, Fani-Kayode said the meeting was based on the “state of the nation, pressing national issues, party politics and the way forward.”
“Despite the obvious benefits and wisdom in this noble initiative it amazes me that some people should feel that it is wrong for me to sit with other leaders in the country to discuss issues which touch and concern the national cohesion, future and stability of our country,” he said.
Fani-Kayode stressed that Nigerians must come together at this point in the nation’s history.
“I can and will never compromise or jettison my core fundamental principles for any reason and I stand firmly on my honestly held opinion that we need to enthrone equity, justice and fairness in this country for it to survive.
“I also believe in restructuring the country and in a vigorous and effective fight against terrorism. The fact that I am in talks with leaders from a cross-section of political parties, including the ruling party, does not in any way derogate from this and does not mean that I will ever change those views,” he said.