President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, to the All Progressives Congress, saying the decision of the governor to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a bold decision that is based on principles rather than opportunistic motives.
The President stated this in a statement released on Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu.
In his reaction to the development to the defection, Buhari said, “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.”
The President explained that, “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.”
Although, Buhari urged the citizens to pay less emphasis on identity politics, he noted that having people like Umahi under the umbrella of the APC is a good thing as it portends a brighter future for the party and Nigerian Democracy as a whole, saying the voters will be more motivated by performance records of parties and their candidates.
He commended the boldness of the Ebonyi State governor to cross carpet to the ruling APC, not minding what people might say as according to him, ” that is the price men of principles have to pay for acting according to their conscience and convictions.”
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP has said the Ebonyi state governor left the party for personal reasons which Nigerians will come to know at the fullness of time.
The party spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this in a statement on Tuesday.
While commending governor Umahi for the services rendered the the PDP since 2003, the party called on its members to remain calm and committed to its ideals, saying no individual is bigger than the PDP.