The All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State on Saturday received no fewer than 18 prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party who had defected to the ruling party.
The event was part of activities marking the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.
Alhaji Uba Nana, APC chairman in the state handed over the defectors to the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Nana commended the defectors for taking the right decision at the appropriate time, urging them to contribute their quota to the development of the state and the party.
Receiving the defectors, National Chairman of APC, Oshiomhole, presented the broom to them as the logo and identity of the ruling party.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, one of them, former governor of Bauchi, Alhaji Isa Yuguda, revealed that they would ensure the success of the party during the forthcoming elections.
He urged the leadership of the party to pardon their shortcomings.
The defectors were former Governor Isa Yuguda, former deputy governor Abdulmalik Mahmood, as well as senators Abubakar Maikafi and Babayo Gamawa, among others.