The news making the rounds holds that Femi Fani Kayode (FFK) has defected to the ruling political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC). This was coming at the heels of a recent meeting between FFK and the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello. The Governor has also reportedly claimed that FFK has finally joined the APC.

However, sometime in December 2019, the former Minister of Aviation refuted earlier claims that he had joined the APC. In denying the claims, the loquacious politician appeared to have made a pact with death. Channels reliably reports FFK’s comments made using his Twitter handle at the time. 

In his words

The suggestion that I have joined the APC is false and deeply 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 Party (APC). I am committed to opposing the APC and those that are in their ranks for the rest of my natural life and I will NEVER join them no matter what! They are nothing but darkness whilst I stand for the light of God and truth: there can be NO fellowship between light and darkness.

FFK is known as a man of too many words. Being a politician, one should ordinarily not be alarmed at any inconsistency in his assertions. But the statement credited to him above has the following implication, if it is true by any means. FFK has a pact with death and may be compelled by the forces of nature to honour “his contract” if he ever joins or has joined the APC. This is beyond eating one’s words. It has a greater repercussion. Life is involved. The power of the tongue is profound. FFK may need to renogiate in earnest. Not with any political party but with death. Every living thing will die one day. But it is one thing to die with disgrace and another thing to die with honour.

Stephen Azubuike
Author: Stephen Azubuike
Stephen is a lawyer with expertise in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Technology Law practice. He is a Partner at Infusion Lawyers. He has successfully argued cases from the High Courts of various jurisdictions to the Appellate Courts on behalf of financial institutions, other corporate bodies and multinationals. He has worked with a number of startup tech companies. He tweets @siazubuike.

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