Governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, under the platform of Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, have stated that everyone, from every part of the country, is free to aspire for any position in the party in line with provisions of the APC’s constitution and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The governors stated this in a statement issued Friday and signed by the chairman of the forum and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, to welcome, governor David Umahi of Ebonyi to the APC.
Umahi, a serving two-term governor of Ebonyi on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday publicly decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at a ceremony well attended by the APC national leadership.
The PGF said by coming into the fold of the progressives, Chief Umahi has opted for open, transparent, and honest contestation in politics, which is the overarching commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and all the party’s founding leaders.
The APC governors said considering the nature of achievements recorded in Ebonyi State since 2015, Chief Umahi couldn’t have been in any other party but the APC.
” If anything, we are only welcoming Chief Umahi home where he belongs; to the party that will provide him and his people, and indeed all Nigerians the viable platform for political aspirations and negotiations.
“Together with Chief Umahi and all our leaders in the APC, we are confident that our party’s capacity to serve the collective interests of all Nigerians through effective representation will be strengthened,” the governors stated.
The statement reads in parts, “We celebrate the decision of Chief Umahi as a testament to our party’s capacity to mobilize 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 heart-warming 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 acknowledgment of Mr. President’s credentials as a fair leader with a balanced and equitable disposition to issues of justice and impartial politics. We especially 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.”