President Muhammadu Buhari received Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River and Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State at the State House in Abuja on Monday.
This comes after their defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ayade and Matawalle were both accompanied by the Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, with his Kebbi counterpart and chair of Progressives Governors Forum, Atiku Bugudu and their Jigawa colleague, Muhammed Badaru Abubakar.
The President handed APC flags to the two governors and thanked them for coming on board.
Buni, in his speech said the newly defected APC members were lured by President Buhari’s achievements. He also added that the party’s ward, local government and state congresses would take place from July 31.
Governor Matawalle left the PDP for the APC last month and was immediately appointed as the leader of the party in Zamfara State.
Governor Ayade was also appointed as the APC leader in his state after his defection. He said he joined the party so as to align Cross River with the government at the centre.
He said, “We need to join hands with President Buhari in his determination to enhance the fortunes of the country.
“I need all governors to similarly join me and understand my decision to join the APC.
“We need to work ahead with the President for the future and unity of Nigeria. We all need to sit at the same dining table with Mr President to save Nigeria.
“It is my responsibility to bring back Cross River to the centre in order to enhance her fortunes.
“I, therefore, formally declare myself as a member and leader of the APC in Cross River State.”