By G9ija

The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), on Wednesday , said , the decision by the Ebonyi State Governor , David Umahi , to defect from the PDP to the APC was based on principle and not coercion.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , disclosed this in a statement titled “ President Buhari praises Umahi ’ s defection , says it ’s based on principle rather than coercion. ”

Shehu quoted the President as commending what he described as the governor ’s boldness for taking the “ courageous decision ,” in a country where principles are in short supply among many .

Shehu quoted Buhari as saying that , “ 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 am glad that the governor has cited this as a major factor in his decision to join us .

“ 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 .”