- President Buhari has reacted to the defection of Governor David Umahi to the ruling APC
- Until his defection, he was one of the PDP governors from the southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria
- Buhari said Umahi took the right decision by leaving PDP for APC
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally broken the silence on the defection of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
There have been mixed reactions from Nigerians after the news on Umahi's defection was broken on Tuesday, November 16, as many described his action as a betrayal of trust reposed on him by the people of Ebonyi state and the PDP.
Legit.ng reports that Buhari on Thursday, November 19, in a tweet commended the governor's action, saying he took a bold step where others failed to do so.
The president said that Umahi has satisfied his conscience and principles without bordering on what people would say about him.
He also advised the governor not to be deterred by people's criticisms, adding that name callings and abuses are the price men of principle have to pay for acting according to their conscience and convictions.
"I commend his boldness 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 principle have to pay for acting according to their conscience and convictions."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Umahi finally explained why he defected from the PDP to the ruling APC.
It was reported that while speaking while featuring on Arise TV on Thursday, November 19, from Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital, the governor described as "absolute rubbish" the claim that PDP made him what he is.
The governor, who has since become the darling bride of the APC household after his defection, stated that he was convinced to join the APC train due to the "father" in President Muhammadu Buhari.
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