Defection to APC: I am proud of Umahi, people will call him names – Buhari

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On Wednesday, President Buhari has commended Governor David Umahi of Enonyi State for defecting from PDP to All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari described it “as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives.”

The Nigerian leader also noted that he knows people will call him names, but that is the price men of principles have to pay for acting according to their conviction and conscience.

Buhari’s reaction was contained in a statement made on Wednesday night by Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman.

The President said: “I am proud of Governor David Umahi for taking this bold decision following 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 impact our country positively.

 “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.”

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