- Chief Femi Fani Kayode is a Nigerian politician born on the 16th of October 1960. One could say that he was sharing the same birth month with Nigeria and hence he has remained at the heart of politics in Nigeria since 2003.
His father Chief Victor Remilekun Fani Kayode (RFK) was a prominent lawyer in the 1940s and 1950s. Although Lagos was his place of birth, Femi Fani Kayode is from Ogun State. His political relevance in the state is still heavily contested since his former party (PDP) lost power. However, his strong media ability to influence public opinion makes him an asset to his new party the APC. Little is known about his political career before 2003. But he came to limelight when he got a presidential appointment that year.
The politician recently joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a party that he so much criticized. His sudden change of opinion about President Buhari and the APC has shocked many people. His social media followers that were with him while he was a critic will now have to put up with an ardent APC supporter..
Political career from 2003 to date
In 2003 he got his first political appointment as Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former president Olusegun Obasanjo. He held this position from 2003 – 2006. FFK was considered a “loyal boy” that impressed his principal at that time
Afterward he was appointed as the Minister of Aviation. He held the position from 2006 to 2007, when the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo came to an end. Being the party that he has benefitted from, Femi Fani Kayode remained in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was there since his boss. Obasanjo was in charge for a long time until 2014.
Growing opposition to then president Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP swayed the Lagos State born politician who jumped-ship to form the APC along with many aggrieved southern politicians. However, before the end of 2014, Femi Fani Kayode was back in the PDP. He returned to support former president Goodluck Jonathan in the tough 2015 presidential election.
His verbal contribution was massive but it was not enough to earn the former president a second term. When his party the PDP lost, he remained as a vocal critic of the APC that he helped form, calling the president names and describing the party as a cult that he will rather die than join.
But barely six years after PDPs defeat, Chief Femi Fani Kayode is back to the APC with soothing words and admiration for the APC and president Buhari. As party congresses draws nearer, his influence in the party will be visible for all to see.
As expected, FFK has shown much indifference for his political style. Perhaps it is a style that should become a model for aspiring politicians in Nigeria because of its tilt towards national unity.