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President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the defection of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

President Buhari, while reacting in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the action “as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives.”

“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 also said.

According to him, “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.”

Buhari said that “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,” President Buhari added.

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