Governor Bello Matawalle has been congratulated by President Muhammadu Buhari on his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) (APC).
At the defection ceremony in Gusau yesterday, President Buhari said Matawalle had voluntarily defected, according to a message delivered on his behalf by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) at the ceremony.
This runs counter to the claim made by the PDP’s national chairman, who claimed that governors who were already members of the party were being coerced into joining the ruling party.
According to Buhari, “I am proud of your timely and wise decision to join the governing party, and our doors are open to other politicians who believe in our vision to rebuild Nigeria.”
Your decision to join our party on your own volition confirms the fact that our agenda for good governance is the only reason why Nigerians are being drawn to the APC because the alternative has failed to attract them.
APC Governors and elected lawmakers across the country were urged by the President to “keep working harder” in order for the party “to maintain its popularity and remain in power beyond 2023.”
It was his way of reminding everyone who has been elected to serve in the party that “your performance at all levels will have a significant impact on the fortunes of the party,” and he added that “party leaders should avoid complacency at all times to continue building the APC from strength to strength.”