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”It’ll be a grave mistake to think Melaye and I are enemies” – Fani-Kayode


A spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that he is not an enemy of the spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Senator Dino Melaye.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Messrs Fani-Kayode and Melaye have been engaged in a serious war of words over party affiliation.

While the former minister is a chieftain of the ruling APC and presently the Director of Special Media Projects and Operations and New Media, Bola Tinubu/Kashim Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Melaye is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In the course of their exchanges online, they have used unprintable words and visuals to describe each other.

But speaking to BBC News recently, Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister, said although “things may get hot from time to time, it will be a very grave mistake for anybody to think that we are enemies”.

“Dino has always been my aburo, which means younger brother in Yoruba, and I’ve known him for well over 20, 25 years.

“We may have differences in terms of political alignment, in terms of political ideas, and things may get hot from time to time, but it will be a very grave mistake for anybody to think that we are enemies.

“I’m not his enemy; I don’t believe he takes me as his enemy,” Fani-Kayode said.

He added: “We may have said harsh things about one another, but of course, we are civilised people, when we meet, we will interact and we will behave in a respectful decent manner to one another. That’s my position, that has always been my position. I don’t believe in making enemies.

“That was proved when we met each other and we exchanged pleasantries. And that’s how it is supposed to be – politics without bitterness.”

On Monday, both men reunited at the memorial in honour of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s father (Olusola) and seemed to share jokes.


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