Speaking to newsmen after a meeting between President Buhari andthe South-East governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Secretary to
the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the visit was
remarkable and had corrected the impression that the Federal
Government was not doing anything for the people of the zone.
According to him, “we received a very high-powered delegation today
(yesterday) and I think it is a remarkable visit because they came
essentially to thank Mr. President over the major activities that have
taken place in the South-East.”
On whether President Buhari solicited the votes of the South-East at
the meeting, the SGF said: “This obviously might not be the most
“You remember there was a programme in the South-East where Mr.
President asked me to represent him and I threw the kite by telling the
south-eastern states that their quickest and easiest means to the
presidency is to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
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“Meaning that they can short circuit the period in terms of only having
him there for another four years and whatever they do in 2019 will
determine what will happen thereafter, because politics is a game of
numbers and it is like a cooperative society.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, had led
South-East governors to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari
behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation was on a thank-you visit to the President for the
award of the second Niger Bridge and some other projects in the zone
and also to complain about the award of the rail project in the zone
while the rail project in the Western corridor had been awarded.
But President Buhari promised that all the projects in the zone will be
funded and that the seven months delay in the passage of the budget
would not affect the projects.
What we discussed with President — Umahi
Meanwhile, speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Chairman of the
South-East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief
Dave Umahi, said issues on the Akanu Ibiam International Airport,
Enugu, and the need to increase mobilisation fee to Julius Berger that
is handling the second Niger Bridge project to 50 percent were among
His words: “We thanked him for that economic free trade zone. And
then we talked about the Enugu international airport, we asked him to
deploy the cargo section of the airport, complete the building and
extend the runway and also rebuild the runway, because it is very
bumpy and the tarmac light is not functioning.
“We also thanked him for the roads and we reminded him that the
slow pace of work was attributed to the rains; now that the rains are
gone the contractors are complaining of no funding. So we requested
that he should do something about the funding.”
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He added that they also discussed power supply to Aba and the
On whether they were bargaining chips for 2019, Governor Umahi
said: “It has no political intentions because these are economic issues
and they are not new.”