Femi Fani-Kayode Is Welcome To Labour Party—Barr. Kayode Ajulo

By Baba Ola Ibrahim

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is welcome to Labour Party and for us in the camp of the core and genuine progressives we speedily urge him to make haste in declaring for the party, LP.

In the last few decades, I have studied Fani- Kayode very closely his depth of loyalty to his friends, faith, political beliefs and his principals whether in the political circle or in the legal profession are certainly unparalleled. Suffice to say few words about this firebrand legal luminary.

In 2002 Fani-Kayode became one of the pioneers of the famous Progressive Action Movement (PAM), a very strong and visionary political movement of intelligent, young, new and dynamic politicians. In 2003 Fani-Kayode was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo as a member of his Presidential campaign team for the 2003 Presidential election. After President Obasanjo won that election Fani-Kayode was appointed as Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He effectively became Obasanjos key spokesman and his number one defender and champion.

Since then he has been highly celebrated in the country by those who support and admire Obasanjo due to his total loyalty and commitment to the former President and his courageous submissions and commentaries. Fani-Kayode is also widely acknowledged as being one of the most brilliant and formidable debaters of his generation. He is a powerful, passionate and persuasive public speaker.

In 2006 he was appointed as the Honourable Minister of Culture and Tourism. That same year after a minor cabinet re-shuffle he was re-deployed to the Aviation Ministry as the Honourable Minister of Aviation where he did an excellent job by bringing to an end the terrible cycle of plane crashes (five in one year) that took place in Nigeria just before he came into that office and by introducing a number of far reaching reforms which are of tremendous benefit to the aviation sector up until today.

Hate him or love him, what cannot be taken from him is his pro-people ideology which remains our bedrock in Labour Party, his dynamism will find soul mate with us in the party and if there's any party in Nigeria today with defined ideology. It is the Labour Party.