2023: No Zoning in APC – Progressive Governors Forum

As stakeholders continue in their agitation for a Nigerian President of South East extraction in 2023,  the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has declared that all political offices in the ruling party will be throw open to all party members irrespective of their zones
Chairman of the forum,  Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State stated this in a statement he endorsed on Friday to welcome Governor. Ben Ayade, of Cross River State to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The Cross River State Governor announced his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APC, after a meeting with the National Chairman of the APC Caretaker and Extra Ordinary Convention Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and other governors and leaders of the party on Thursday
Governor Bagudu who joined other leaders and members of the  party  to welcome. Ayade to the APC, described his defection  as a testament of the party’s capacity to mobilise all Nigerians, consistent with the vision of the founding fathers, adding that the APC is a platform to unite all Nigerians. 

“The coming of Mr. Ayade into the APC further reinforces the process of membership and leadership recruitment at all levels.  “We congratulate our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, whose sterling qualities and fair mindedness endear patriotic Nigerians to the party. Mr. President’s credentials as a fair leader who is impartial will continue to promote our party and serve as a major source of electoral advantage. As Progressive Governors, we will remain steadfast in supporting the efforts and initiatives of Mr. President to build our party,

APC, as a strong and democratic political party in the country. “Also, we salute our members of the APC National Caretaker

Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of HE Mai Mala Buni for this milestone achievement of once again getting another experienced leader in the person of His Excellency Ben Ayade to join the APC. We welcome Mr. Ben Ayade for taking the courageous decision of leaving the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to join our party, the All Progressives Congress. The movement of our compatriot to the APC is indicative of his principles, commitment and conviction to the development of Nigeria.

The statement further noted,  “Our party, APC, is open, transparent and will continue to guarantee fair contestation in politics, in line with the overarching commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and all our founding leaders. Our National Caretaker

Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee has worked hard to restore the political credentials of the APC as a strong institution for Nigeria’s democratic development. We will continue to support the National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee in all its current initiatives to rebuild our great party. With the coming of Mr. Ayade, the capacity of our party to mobilise all patriots and other like-minded progressive Nigerians to join the APC is stronger.

“APC belongs to all Nigerians. Everyone, from every part of the country is free to aspire for any position in the party in line with provisions of our party’s constitution and the 1999.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. The guiding philosophy as enshrined in the provisions of our manifesto is economic, social and political development of Nigeria. 

He assured that the progressive reinforcement of the party will  continue. adding that the APC is looking forward to receiving more patriots and progressive minded Nigerians into the party.

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