Femi Fani-Kayode, one of the spokespersons of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation, as slammed Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over a comment made by Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.
In a media statement over the weekend, Governor Obaseki had predicted that Nigeria would break up if the ruling APC won the February 2023 election. In his reaction, Chief Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, October 26, 2022, issued a statement to The Trent slamming Obaseki and Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president of Nigeria.
Fani-Kayode slammed Atiku declaring his “the most destructive force of Nigeria’s 4th Republic”, and a divisive character who attempted to destroy former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his administration. He also declared, “When he (Atiku) returned to the PDP it had two testicles but today it only has one left. He devoured the first with his gluttony, hate and greed for power and he left the second intact hoping to devour it at a later date.”
“The notion that Nigeria will break up if our candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and our party the APC wins the presidential election next year is as nonsensical and puerile as it is asinine,” Fani-Kayode maintained.
“The corollary of this view is that Nigeria can only remain together if Atiku wins.
“Whilst Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state is free to support whom he wishes it is most unfair for him to attribute aome kind of divine or deific status to Atiku Abubakar or hold him out as a unifier or bridge builder.
“Atiku is by far the most destructive force that has bedevilled the fourth Republic.
“Not only did he attempt to destroy President Olusegun Obasanjo and his administration which he served from 1999 till 2007 but he also destroyed the chances of his party the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan from winning the presidential election in 2015 by his infamous deceit and betrayal.
“Today in 2022 he has done the same to PDP all over again by dividing the party, violating its constitution with impunity, imposing himself as its presidential candidate, insisting on keeping a divisive, cantankerous and malevolent specimen of a man who calls himself the National Chairman in power and betraying the few righteous and courageous Southern and Northern Governors in his party by implementing what is clearly an ethnic, religious and regional agenda.
“When he returned to the PDP it had two testicles but today it only has one left.
“He devoured the first with his gluttony, hate and greed for power and he left the second intact hoping to devour it at a later date.
“If he ever becomes President he will destroy Nigeria itself in precisely the same way that he has destroyed the PDP.
“He will suck out the very soul of our nation with all its goodness and virtues and leave us a shadow of our former selves.
“He is a destroyer and not a unifier: a destroyer that is surrounded by a group of shady businessmen and wild and hungry touts who spend their time throwing crazy parties behind closed doors in exotic locations like Dubai, Paris and Morocco and who have no idea or knowledge about how to address our nation’s problems or run a modern nation-state.
“Placing Nigeria in the hands of such a man and such people will surely be our end.
“God forbid it.
“Finally to those that say that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a dictator I say this: if Tinubu is a dictator then Atiku is a serial political scammer and incredulous schemer who cannot be trusted by anyone and who would sell his soul to the devil for power.
“We know who the dictators are and Asiwaju is not amongst them,” he ended.
Fani-Kayode holds the title of Saduakin Shinkafi. He is a former minister of culture and tourism and of aviation. He currently serves as the director of public engagements, special (media) operations/projects and new media of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Organisation.