Tom Okpe, Abuja
Senator Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate has said his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC inherited empty treasury and bad governance from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which governed the country for 16 years.
speaking at the National Secretariat of the party while he presented defectors from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Senator representing Adamawa North at the upper chamber of the national assembly, Elisha Abbo and his supporters to the APC, Lawan described as patriotism for some leaders of PDP to join the APC saying; “Abbo has done the right thing, joining the ruling party.”
He said: “We came in 2015, we inherited everything including poor governance but President Muhammadu Buhari came in with determination and focus to ensure that this country works for citizens with government resources prudently and economically utilized and applied for the people.
“Though we inherited an empty treasury, the price of crude went down so badly, yet the little resources we started with provided lots of infrastructure and services to this country. So, to many right-thinking politicians, when you see prudence, sincerity, purposefulness in leadership the best thing to do is not to be left behind but to join forces for the benefits of the people you represent.
“This is what we expect from leaders. When you see a government trying very hard with so little to ensure development in our country, in our communities and societies, the best you can do is to be part of that effort. And that is patriotism. The people should always be at the center and focus of what we do.”
While addressing journalists, the Adamawa North Senator said he joined APC to provide quality services to his people having realized that the party was pro-people.
“In the first place, the reason why everybody should join politics is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice. My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and have seen desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people,” Abbo said.
The Chairman, APC Caretaker and Convention Committee Chairman and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni received the defectors.