Former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, who has just defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the party is different from the past.
He spoke following criticism trailing his decision after he had earlier said he would rather die than join the APC in 2019.
Following a rumour that he had defected to the APC that time, the former Minister in a series of tweets denied the report.
“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!” he had said at the time.
But speaking on a Channels TV interview, Fani-Kayode noted that the present APC is quite different from the past APC leadership.
According to him, had the leadership not changed, he would not have joined.
He said, “A lot has happened in the APC itself in the last two years. Would you agree with me? You are a political commentator. You know what has happened in the APC, you know what has happened in the PDP, I won’t talk about PDP on this programme until they throw a punch at me and I will respond.
“The APC I was speaking about at that time is not the APC of today. The APC of that time and I can say it anywhere, the APC of that time did not have the leadership that we have today.
“Today you have a man who is the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of this party and that is Governor Mai Buni who has served exceptionally well in attracting people and presenting a broad based pluralistic view on national issues and national affairs and he has opened the doors of the party to all manners of people with plurality of views and you can defend your purpose and fight your cause from within and that is the difference between that time and this time.
“The old APC was a very different environment and had the leadership not changed, I would not have changed. What we have today is an accommodating party that is ready to take people on and it is ready to listen to dissenting opinions even from within provided you conduct yourself in a mature and decent manner and that is what we have been doing.”