President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr David Umahi, for following through his decision to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join All Progressives Congress (APC), despite the pressure from some quarters to dissuade him.
“I am very proud of Governor David Umahi for taking this bold decision in accordance with his conscience and principles rather than any external influence or coercion”, the President said, according to a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu on Wednesday.
Recall that Umahi announced his defection from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday. He accused the party of “injustice” against the southeast.
According to the President, “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 reasoned 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.