President Muhammadu Buhari has boasted that the combined efforts of defectors and their backers in the opposition will not distract his administration from the good work it is doing for the benefit and development of Nigeria.
He spoke in Daura yesterday at a luncheon with some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, members of the National and state Assemblies and commissioners who paid him a sallah homage.
According to him, the APC has the full understanding of Nigeria’s challenges and was encouraged by the support of Nigerians in addressing them.
“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,” he said.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted Buhari as wishing defectors from the party good luck.
“For those who have decided to change camp for whatever reason, we wish them good luck.”
Recently, a gale of defection swept through the ruling party, as it lost three governors, the senate president and 15 senators and many members of the House of Representatives to the opposition.
The wave of defection brought back memories of the 2014 episode when at least five governors of the PDP cross-carpeted to then newly formed coalition party, APC.
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 keeping the nation together through visionary leadership.
He noted that President Buhari had remained focused and unshaken by situations and circumstances, adding that ‘‘it shows that your administration is approved by God.”
Okorocha added: “We are here to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing as Nigerians are 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.”
Okorocha was accompanied by the Governors of Katsina, Aminu Masari; Kebbi, Bugudu Atiku; Kano, Umar Ganduje; and Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello.