The People's Democratic Party may look worried that the All Progressives Congress has taken Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode. The former minister of aviation has dumped the PDP and he has now become one of the key members of the APC. But two things show that the political party may not miss the absence of Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode at all.
The most surprising thing in all the situations is that Mr. Fani-Kayode has even gone to have a meeting with the president whom he used to criticise when he was in the PDP. President Muhammadu Buhari was glad to welcome the former minister who was led by Mai Mala Buni to the presidential villa. Then, would the PDP miss Mai Mala Buni at all?
One thing that should be checked is that prior to his defection, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode was not holding a key post in the party. Right now the PDP could point at some important stakeholders who are still working assiduously for the progress and development of the political party.
Actually, as a former minister, one would expect Mr Femi Fani-Kayode to have some political strength. But he can't stand upright like some notable individuals in the party at the national level. Besides, the former minister isn't carrying any assignment for the PDP at this moment. The only particular task he did was to criticise the administration of the president.
If Femi Fani-Kayode leaves the PDP, the party can still rely on vociferous politician like Mr. Nyesom Wike. The Rivers State governor knows how to talk and criticise the present administration. Wike is bold to the extent that he took the bull by its horns over the VAT matter. Hence, the PDP won't miss Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.
The second thing is that Mr. Fani-Kayode is from Osun State. Of course, the PDP used to lead the state. But the Court of Appeal sacked Mr. Olagunsoye Oyinlola in 2010. He remained the last PDP governor in the southwest region. Then, Mr. Fani-Kayode couldn't be missed because the PDP has been losing Osun State since 2010.
Since 2010 Osun State has been led by two leaders. Mr. Rauf Aregbesola was in power for 8 years. And after him Mr. Gboyega Oyetola took over. Aregbesola left power in 2018 and Oyetola was elected in 2018. None of the two men was elected on the PDP platform. It therefore shows that the PDP didn't have breakthrough when the former minister was there.
Apart from that, the PDP did fairly well in the last governorship election in the state. The party presented Mr. Ademola Adeleke and it was a big performance. At least the party was able to gain much ground and it could be better in the next governorship election which comes up in 2022.
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