President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) subscribes to free, fair and credible elections,
According to him, APC lost some states in the last general elections because of its tolerance and respect for individuals.
He made this remark while receiving governors Ben Ayade (Cross Rivers) and Matawalle (Zamfara) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Recall that Ayade and Bello Matawalle recently dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling party.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Buhari said the ruling party has respect for Nigerians, hence its subscription free and fair polls.
President Buhari said: “This is one of the happiest times for us in this party. For you to have the courage to leave your constituencies speak a lot. I wish Nigerians will reflect about it.
”I congratulate you for leaving your constituencies for our great party. We lost many states at the last election, which is unusual for a ruling party. But we did it to prove that we are a tolerant group. We wanted to demonstrate that we respect individuals.
“We emphasized that we respect our people. That was why we insisted on free and fair elections. Leaders should show honesty and respect for their followers.”
He added: To be principled and identify your objectives is a great quality that should endear us to our people. Your people will respect you more for having the courage to come to APC at your own time. Nobody forced you, but you believe it is the best way to serve your people. I value your decision.”
Buni said his colleagues joined APC in appreciation of the good works the President was doing for the country.