- Governor Umahi has received a commendation from President Buhari for dumping the PDP for the APC
- President praised the Ebonyi state governor, saying his defection is based on principle, not coercion from anyone
- The Ebonyi state governor had said he defected to the APC as a result of the injustice the southeast suffered in the hands of the opposition PDP
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the defection of Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The president who commended Governor Umahi described his defection a bold move which was mainly driven by principles.
This is contained in the statement released on Wednesday, November 18, by the president's senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.
President 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."
President Buhari added that the future of Nigeria's democracy is brighter with men like Governor Umahi.
He noted that some people may call the governor names for dumping the PDP but said that is the price men of principles have to pay for acting according to their conscience and convictions.
Many Nigerians on Facebook have been reacting to the president's statement on Governor Umahi's defection
Sunusi Yakubu said:
"Dear Mr Umahi, I commend your temerity. This is the beauty of democracy. Kindly disregard those useless people that are raining curses at you! Have they forgotten that you have the right to belong to any political party of your choice?"
Auwal Said Iyatawa commented:
"It was really a good move. It is an indication that, the good people from south still support the good governance of baba. May we continue to enjoy the unity of the country."
Kunmavo Afolabi Tagbe said:
"Umahi will never win any election in Nigeria again. I trust easterners."
Jeffrey Light said:
"Rubbish that is what they know how to do, changing political party like prostitutes, no power, roads, security, jobs everything zero the most corrupt president I have ever seen or heard of"
Meanwhile, Governor Umahi had said he moved to the APC because of injustice the southeast region suffered in the hands of the PDP.
However, the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, slammed the Ebonyi state governor, saying his defection has nothing to do with the interest of the southeast.
The former governor said Umahi's political move reflects the type of leadership Nigeria "parades".
Similarly, Governor Nyesom Wike has said Governor Umahi left the PDP to pursue his presidential ambition.
Wike said Umahi left the party, not because injustice was meted to the southeast but because of his personal presidential bid.
The Rivers leader also disclosed that his defection did not come to the PDP members as a surprise because the Ebonyi governor was already building a political romance with the ruling party over time.
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