Abuja - A former governor of Borno, Ali Modu Sheriff, said that his decision to defect from APC to the PDP was based on "national interest".
Sheriff said this when he spoke with State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said that as a former two-term governor and three-term senator, his political decisions could not be informed by anything other than the desire to move the country forward.
The former governor said that he was at the villa to see the president on a private matter and not to discuss his defection.
"I didn't come to discuss PDP with the president. Yes, there is this matter that I am joining the PDP, but that is not what brought me to the president now.
"Jonathan is the president of Nigeria, the president of over 140 million Nigerians and he is the father of everybody.
'So, every Nigerian has a right, if the president permits to come and see him, discuss matters that are either private or something that affects the nation.
"So, my coming to see the president was a purely personal visit,’’ he said.
On the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, Sheriff said that a good understanding of the vast terrain of Borno by security agencies was key to winning the battle.