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President Muhammadu Buhari with members of South East Group for Change after a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja,Tuesday. Photo: NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari with members of South East Group for Change after a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja,Tuesday. Photo: NAN

Governors, APC South East Group Meet Buhari

Tony Ailemen, Abuja

South East leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC), led by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, on Tuesday stormed the Presidential Villa, Abuja on a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting between the group operating under the aegis of “South East Change Group” with President Muhammadu Buhari was conducted behind closed doors.

The President had earlier, also met behind closed doors with the Governors of Zamfara, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ondo and Katsina before meeting with the South East Change Group.

It was not clear why the meetings took place as all efforts by the State House Correspondents to speak with those who attended the meetings did not yield positive results.

Perhaps acting under strict instructions, both group left the Villa without speaking to journalists who were curious to find out the reasons for the meetings and resolutions arrived at.

But inside sources confirmed that the South East Change Group had pressed for more space for South East sons and daughters in the current political dispensation, ahead of the planned constitution of Boards of Parastatals in the Ministries Departments and Agencies of government, MDAs.

It will be recalled that since the sacking of Boards and headships of MDAs, the positions have remained vacant with rumours making the rounds recently that some of the positions are being reserved for the highest bidders, a report the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation which supervises them have vehemently denied.

Recent political appointments by the APC led administration have been described as lopsided in Favour of the north with the South East and the recent of the country feeling marginalized by the current administration.

It was also not clear if the issue of agitation for actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra currently being pursued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), were also tabled at the discussions.

The agitation, recalled, turned bloody on Monday as many of their members of the groups who took to the streets to mark Biafra Day clashed with security agents.

The issue of the rampaging Fulani cattle grazers who have been killing innocent citizens in the different parts of the country had of recent raised tension as most states had made pronouncement banning the cattle Fulanis from their territories.

Those who attended the meeting include the APC National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunanso; National Treasurer, Chief George Moghalu; National Vice Chairman (South East), Emma Eneukwu; former Chief Executive of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, Austin Edeze, Uzoma Obiyo and Cosmas Maduba among others.

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