‘Igbo presidency depends on S-East support for Buhari’s re-election’

SOURCE: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/11/igbo-presidency-depends-on-s-east-support-for-buharis-re-election/

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

appropriate time.

“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

issues discussed.

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

railway projects.

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.”


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