President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, received Gbenga Daniel, former governor of Ogun State, and Oladimeji Bankole, ex-speaker of the house of representatives, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Daniel and Bankole recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former Ogun governor had last month announced his defection from the PDP, while Bankole met with members of the APC caretaker committee led by its chairman, Mai Mala Buni, on March 12, and signified his intention to join the party.
Both politicians were accompanied to the Presidential Villa by Mala Buni, Mohammed Badaru, and Atiku Bagudu, governors of Yobe, Jigawa and Kebbi States, respectively.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Buni said Buhari is pleased with the development.
“We came to present new members of our party, Daniel and Bankole. Mr. President is impressed and happy that leaders of such calibre are joining our party at this time we are registering new members,” Buni said.
“Indeed, this is the right time for them to join us, and that’s exactly why Mr. president is very happy. He’s impressed.”
Speaking on his defection, Bankole said his decision to join the APC is to show his support for the efforts of the present administration.
“There are issues we need to solve and any reasonable human being should support at this moment. These are critical times and we shouldn’t be found wanting.
“This is the time to step up and support so that these decisions can be taken, executed, and owned by us as a nation. It’s every citizen’s right, and all we’ve done is exercise it today. But actions from now will speak for us,” he stated.