- APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, has commended Governor Matawalle of Zamfara for joining the ruling party
- Tinubu advised the Zamfara state governor to work with the Buhari government to address the nation's challenges
- The prominent APC chieftain also said the party's doors are open to others who are interested in the development of democracy in Nigeria
Lagos state - Prominent chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has welcomed the Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, to the ruling party.
The former Lagos state governor hailed Matawalle for not succumbing to the pressure mounted by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop his defection, The Guardian reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Tinubu in a statement by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, said Governor Matawalle's action showed that he was dedicated to bringing good governance to his state.
The statement read in part:
“Along with all other APC members, I heartily welcome Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State into the APC."
The APC leader advised Governor Matawalle to work more closely with the Buhari-led government to help realise his mandate as Zamfara governor and tackle the challenges facing the country, The Nation also reported.
In what appears to be a message for other PDP governors, Tinubu said the ruling party's doors are open to those who want democracy to flourish.
Defection: Governors leaving PDP due to lack of internal democracy
Meanwhile, the APC on Wednesday, June 29, reacted to the allegation that the recent defection of some PDP governors was a plot to rig the 2023 elections.
The ruling party in a statement by its interim national secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, claimed the deserting members from the PDP are joining the party due to the opposition's lack of democracy and fairness.
This was in response to an allegation made by the PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, following the defection of the Zamfara state governor, Matawalle, to the APC.
Wike discloses how Matawalle vowed never to leave PDP
Meanwhile, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, says Governor Matawalle has dented his integrity for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike made the statement on Tuesday, June 29, in Port Harcourt during the inauguration of a road project.
The Rivers state governor stated that it amounts to betrayal for Matawalle to defect from PDP to APC after vowing that he would never betray the party.