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President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi into the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The president added that the governor’s decision to join the APC was based on principle and not coercion.
This wash disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who said “President Buhari praises Umahi’s defection , says it’s based on principle rather than coercion.”
Shehu said the President commended what he described as the governor ’s boldness for taking the “courageous decision,” in a country where principles are in short supply among many.
Shehu quoted Buhari as saying that, “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 am glad that the governor has cited this as a major factor in his decision to join us.
“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.”
Umah would be formally received at a grand rally in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Thursday by top leaders of the APC, including Governors and members of the party’s convention planning committee.