President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the defection of senators of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP
Buhari in a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, insisted that he had no issues with lawmakers that quit the party.
On Tuesday, 15 senators of the ruling Al Progressive Congress, APC defected to the PDP. They cited the crisis and factions within the party as reasons for their decision to quit the governing party.
37 members of the House of Representatives had also announced their defection from the APC to the PDP.
He expressed total commitment to the values of democracy, freedom of choice as well as total willingness to work with all members of the National Assembly, irrespective of their political party, for the benefit of the nation.
The President noted that none of the defecting federal lawmakers had any specific grievances against him or the government he leads, neither did he harbour anything against any of them.
The Statement added that as “the saying goes, all politics is local. We understand that some of the distinguished and honourable lawmakers have issues with their home states, especially on zoning which bars some of them from seeking another term in their constituencies.”
Buhari noted that the APC had done its utmost to stop the defections.
The President commended the leadership of the party for relentlessly working for its unity and ensuring success in the upcoming elections.
He assured members of the APC of his total support and urged party faithful not to despair but to see the defections as a seasonal occurrence that happens on election eve.
The President expressed confidence that no harm or injury would be done to the party and its aspirations by the movements.
Buhari wished all the decamped members the best in their future undertakings.