LEADING member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State Jonathan Vatsa has suggested that separatist agitators Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho will have their sins forgiven if they join the party.
Of late, there has been a large number of politicians defecting to the APC from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with the latest being former aviation minister Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. Most of these new members have pending cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), so regard joining the ruling party as the way out of their troubles.
According to Mr Vatsa, Messrs Kanu and Igboho, who have been declared as the governments biggest two enemies, should consider defecting to the APC to end their woes. Mr Kanu was recently abducted by Nigerian security forces in Kenya and deported to Nigeria to face treason charges, while Mr Igboho is currently in detention in the Republic of Benin fighting deportation to Nigeria.
Mr Kanu’s Indigenous People of Biafra and Mr Igboho’s Yoruba Nation are both campaigning for separatist causes. Reacting to the defection of Chief Fani-Kayode, Mr Vatsa said that Mr Kanu and Mr Igboho would both have their sins forgiven if they joined the APC given the desperation with which those once tagged thieves are being wooed and coerced into the ruling party.
Mr Vatsa said: “I will not be surprised if Kanu and Igboho join the APC and are released from detention with the best of the reception accorded them. That is the level of desperation that APC found itself in, no matter the level of your corruption, when you join APC you become a saint, which is sad and very unfortunate.
“Treasury looters are now heroes in APC. Everything is finished and the party has lost direction.
“I am dumbfounded and shocked not because Femi Fani Kayode defected to the party but the kind of red carpet reception accorded him and in Aso Rock before the chief anti-corruption crusader himself. All Nigerians, including Mr President, know the controversy surrounding the N2bn Port Harcourt Airport runway contract under Femi Fani Kayode as minister of aviation and his involvement in Dasukigate.”