Sanni Onogu, Abuja
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has explained why the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to harvest defectors from the opposition parties.
Lawan said people were beginning to appreciate the fact the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had done so much with so little resources.
Lawan spoke in Abuja when he led Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo and fellow defector from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa to the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, according to a statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Ola Awoniyi in Abuja.
Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, who is chairman of the Caretaker/Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, led his team to receive the new defectors.
The Senate President said the more people in opposition appreciated the giant strides of the Buhari government, the more the harvest of defectors into the ruling APC.
“We believe that we haven’t seen anything yet. We will see more coming from the opposition parties.
“Only last week, the Governor of Ebonyi State left PDP for the APC. Yesterday (Wednesday), the youngest Senator in the current dispensation, having consulted very widely, deeply with his people at home decided to leave PDP for APC.
“This is what we expect from leaders. When you see a government trying hard with so little to ensure development in our country, in our communities, and society, the best thing to do is to be part of that effort. That is patriotism.
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“We came in 2015. We inherited everything but poor governance. But thank God, the President came with determination and focus to ensure that this country works for citizens of this country.
“That government resources are prudently and efficiently and economically applied for the benefit of the people.
“Though we inherited empty treasury, the price of crude went down so badly, yet the little resources we started with provided a lot more of infrastructure, of services to the people of these country.
“So any right thinking politician, when you see prudence, when you see integrity and sincerity, when you see purposefulness in leadership, the best thing for you to do is not to be left alone.
‘’It’s for you to join forces with such leadership for the benefit of people you represent or lead.’’
Lawan, who is also the leader of the APC caucus in the Northeast geo-political zone, said the party would ensure it captures Adamawa and other states in the zone controlled by the opposition by 2023.