President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi,for defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Buhari, described the action, “as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives.”
This was contained in a press statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday, November 18.
The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari praises Umahi’s defection; says it’s based on principle rather than coercion’.
It quoted Buhari as saying, “I am proud of Governor David Umahi for taking this bold decision; in accordance with his conscience and principles rather than any external influence or coercion.
“Good governance is very important to us in the APC; and I’m glad that the governor has cited this as a major factor in his decision to join us. I urge our citizens to pay less emphasis on identity politics; if we want our democracy to make a positive impact on our country.”
He noted that “with men like Umahi, I foresee a brighter future for our democracy because the voters will be more motivated by performance records of parties and their candidates.”
“Let me once again; commend the boldness of Governor Umahi for taking this courageous decision in a country where principles are in short supply among many. I know people might call him names, but that is the price men of principles have to pay for acting according to their conscience and convictions,” Buhari added.