President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with some governors serving under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at his home in Daura, Katsina State.
A statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has it that APC Governors were accompanied on the visit by some members of national and state assemblies and commissioners.
Buhari insisted that the defections from the APC will not distract his administration from the good work it is doing for the benefit and development of Nigeria.
He stressed that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has the full understanding of Nigeria’s challenges and is encouraged by the support of Nigerians in addressing them.
The statement read: ‘‘We are always encouraged when all our constituents are happy with the work we are doing and our genuine efforts to make sure that what we campaigned for in 2015 is still very much in our minds and we have not lost focus.
‘‘In terms of security, economy and the fight against corruption we have maintained focus. Even the opposition with all their resources cannot fault our identification of Nigeria’s priorities and the efforts being made to better them.
‘‘We will continue to do what we ought to do in the leadership position God has placed us and we thank the constituents for the support.
“On the defections within the major political parties, the President reiterated his earlier message to them: ‘‘for those who have decided to change camp for whatever reason, we wish them good luck.’’
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation and Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State commended the President for his great efforts in the keeping the nation together through visionary leadership.
“President Buhari had remained focused and unshaken by situations and circumstances, adding that ‘‘it shows that your administration is approved by God,” he said.
Okorocha speaking on behalf of the governors told the President that, ‘‘we are here to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing you as Nigerians are very very pleased with you.
‘‘We also want to inform you that we had wonderful and peaceful Sallah celebration across the country because of security of lives and property you have guaranteed in our nation.’’
Speaking on how the forum felt when Governors Samuel Ortom, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Aminu Tambuwal left them for the PDP, he said: “We had wished that none of them, especially the governors, had left the part. We had wished, and it pains us so much.
“The pain is because they had associated and related together as brothers.
“All of a sudden, you don’t see one of your own; we feel it,” the Imo Governor added.