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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Tuesday congratulated the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, on his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed this on Tuesday in a statement titled: ‘President Buhari welcomes Gov Matawalle into APC, says its performance makes it more popular’.

Represented at the defection ceremony in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, by the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Buhari said: “I’m proud of your timely and wise decision to join the governing party and our doors are wide open to other politicians who believe in our vision to rebuild Nigeria.

“Your voluntary decision to join our party confirms the fact that our agenda for good governance is the only reason why Nigerians are getting attracted to the APC because the other alternative didn’t work.”

The President used the occasion to urge APC Governors and elected Lawmakers across the country “to continue to work harder to ensure our party maintains its popularity and retains power beyond 2023.”

He reminded all elected Party Officials of the fact that “your performance at all levels will impact significantly on the fortunes of the party”, adding that “Party Leaders should avoid complacency at all times in order to build the APC from strength to strength”.

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