David Umahi ‘s defection to APC has gotten reactions from members of the National Assembly in Ebonyi State and President Buhari .
Their leader and former Governor, Senator Sam Egwu, declared that the three Senators and five House of Representatives members remain in the PDP.
“Ebonyi governor is on his own on this matter and is the only person going to another party”, he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari on the other hand, has commended Umahi for defecting to APC. Buhari described it “as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives”.
The Nigerian President said he knows people will call him names, but that is the price men of principles pay for following their conscience.
His reaction was contained in a statement Wednesday night by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.
He 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.
“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.”