President Muhammadu Buhari has handed over the flag of the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, to two Governors who recently decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party at the State House in Abuja today.
Receiving the two Governors; Ben Ayade of Cross River and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, President Buhari revealed that the party was a tolerant group and respects the rights of individuals.
In a post shared on his official Facebook account, President Buhari said;
“This is one of the happiest times for us in this party. For you to have the courage to leave your constituencies speak a lot. I wish Nigerians will reflect about it.
I congratulate you for leaving your constituencies for our great party. We lost many states at the last election, which is unusual for a ruling party. But we did it to prove that we are a tolerant group. We wanted to demonstrate that we respect individuals.
We emphasized that we respect our people. That was why we insisted on free and fair elections. Leaders should show honesty and respect for their followers.
To be principled and identify your objectives is a great quality that should endear us to our people. Your people will respect you more for having the courage to come to APC at your own time. Nobody forced you, but you believe it is the best way to serve your people. I value your decision.”