The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has welcomed the defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State.
Both men left Nigeria's ruling APC on Tuesday for the PDP.
The PDP's reaction is contained in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Read the full statement below.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) welcomes the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the Kwara State Governor, Ahmed Abdulfatah, and the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, to its fold.
The party says the coming of Messrs Saraki, Ahmed and Ibeto could not have been at a better time than this when our nation requires the input of genuine patriots that will save her from an impending decline.
The PDP notes the harassment and intimidation that the duo of Senator Saraki and Governor Ahmed had suffered from the lords in the disintegrating All Progressives Congress (APC) which they helped to build and nurtured to win elections.
Mr Saraki, in particular, has conducted the affairs of the Senate in reflection of the wishes of the silent majority of Nigerians and had emerged a hero of democracy.
The party has no doubts that Senator Saraki, Governor Ahmed and Alhaji Ibeto will contribute immensely to the new order that engender good governance in our nation.
The PDP assures all returning members of all the rights and privileges accruable to every member of our party.
Furthermore, the PDP calls on all Nigerians who are desirous of rescuing our nation from the incompetent administration of President Buhari to rally with party of choice, PDP, ahead of the 2019 elections.