*Will that stop his prosecution?
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has described as saddening the defection of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obanikoro and Fani-Kayode spent about a month together in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in October last year.
While Obanikoro was under investigation for allegedly receiving N4.7 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser, Fani-Kayode is being prosecuted for allegedly receiving over N800million when he was the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation.
However, Fani-Kayode said it was unfortunate that Obanikoro would agree to join the camp of those who had been persecuting him.
He said, “ My brother, Musiliu Obanikoro’s decision to join the APC irks and saddens me. I say this because I have always loved him and I care. You cannot fight evil by joining it. You cannot bring light by entering the darkness. You cannot find joy by partaking in the bread of sorrows.
“You cannot run away in the heat of battle. You must have the courage of your convictions. Where is your honour? Where is your strength? Where is your dignity? Where is your self-respect? Where is your sense of self- worth?
“You and I are royalty. We are princes and kings and children of the living God. We were taught and brought up to fight to the end and never to bow to the enemy, ” he concluded.
There’s been controversy on the intent of Obanikoro joining the APC. Political pundits are wondering if the move is meant to stave off the current prosecution and allegations against him. However, a critical sign that this move may not be a success can be attributed from the case of Chief Ifeanyi Ubah who was formerly of the Labour Party who moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and recently to the All Progressives Congress (APC) yet he is arrested, detained and is expected to be taken to court for offences he is alleged to have committed.