The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Saturday received top members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, into the APC fold in Gombe State.
The prominent PDP chieftains, numbering 16, were led by a former PDP governorship aspirant, Bala Tinka.
While welcoming the decampees into the party, Oshiomhole assured them of the party’s support towards winning the forthcoming elections.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Tinka, said that Gombe had no other candidate than President Buhari.
Tinka commended the president’s efforts in road construction and tackling insecurity and insurgency in the North-east sub-region.
Oshiomhole told them that President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy programmes were for the benefit of the poor and not to enrich himself.
The APC chairman received the decampees during President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign visit to Gombe on Saturday.
He told the party’s supporters that the policies of Buhari were targeted at addressing the challenges of the poor.
He said, “The programmes and policies of President Buhari, particularly those social investment programmes, are designed to focus and address the challenges confronting the forgotten majority of the Nigerian masses.
“I am not surprised that our opponents have been attacking these policies.
“To them, money given to the poor is money wasted, but when they steal and give to the few, it is money well spent.
“As we approach the elections, Nigerians must know that President Buhari is a president that believes in Nigeria.
“He believes that the wealth of our nation should be managed in a way so as to reflect the quality of life of the majority of the people.
“A president who believes that the child of the poor who goes to school should have at least one square meal compared to the one that if elected, will enrich himself,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Oshiomhole, said that the overwhelming crowd that came to the Pantami stadium to welcome the president shows that the people of Gombe have spoken loud and clear in favour of Buhari.