The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), made up of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, on Friday described the defection of Governor David Umahi from the PDP as a testament to the party’s capacity to mobilise and unite all Nigerians.
The PGF, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, said the development also showed that the progressive reinforcement of the APC had started.
Bagudu said: “We celebrate the decision of Chief Umahi as a testament to our party’s capacity to mobilise all Nigerians.
“The vision of the founding fathers of our legacy parties is for the APC to serve as a platform to unite all Nigerians under a progressive umbrella. With Chief Umahi now in APC, the vision is further reinforced and shall contribute to the process of membership and leadership recruitment at all levels.
“It is heartwarming that notwithstanding all the fabricated campaigns against the APC and especially our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Umahi is able to make the bold decision to join our party, based on our performance.
“This is a strong acknowledgement of Mr. President’s credentials as a fair leader with balanced and equitable disposition to issues of justice and impartial politics.
“We specially congratulate our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, and reaffirm our commitment to support him to build our party, APC, as a strong and democratic political party in the country. We also congratulate our leaders in APC National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee under the able leadership of HE Mai Mala Buni for yet another historic accomplishment of winning an illustrious and experienced leader in the person of H.E David Umahi.
“We especially welcome our fellow compatriots for taking the courageous and historic step of leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the progressives’ fold. “
“The movement of our compatriot to the APC, despite all manners of intimidation, harassment and persecution by his former party is worthy of commendation and is indicative of his strong personal principles, commitment and conviction to the progress of Nigeria.”
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