President Muhammadu Buhari says he is proud of Dave Umahi, Ebonyi State governor over his decision to join the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Mr Umahi announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC on Tuesday. He said the injustice meted out to the people of the South-East geo-political zone by the opposition party necessitated his defection.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president described the move as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives.
He said with politicians like Umahi, he foresees a brighter future for the country’s democracy.
“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 Nigeria leader said.
“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.
“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” the president added.