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Our meeting with President Buhari was not to campaign for him - Governor Umahi

- Governor David Umahi reveals that the meeting leaders of the south east held with Muhammadu Buhari was not meant to campaign for him

- Governor Umahi says the meeting centred on the second Niger bridge and the need to appoint an Army chief from the south east

- The governor says there was need to explain what happened at the meeting to douse speculations

The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has revealed that the meeting of his colleagues and leaders of the south east with President Muhammau Buhari was not an attempt to campaign for his re-election bid.

Umahi, who is also the chairman of the South East Governor’s Forum (SEGF) said instead, that the meeting was to seek for 50 percent release of contract sum to the firm working on the second Niger Bridge.

Daily Trust reports that Umahi said this was to ensure speedy completion of the project adding that it became necessary to clarify this issue because of speculations in some quarters.

Apart from the issue relating to the bridge, Governor Umahi said the meeting also the need to include an Igboman among the security chiefs.

“So south east would not say because they are predominantly PDP they should shy away from development from the federal government to them.

“To me, that is stupidity, we are not campaigning for anybody but we want to say that the problem of south east is beyond partisan politics.

“Any party that wants to take south east must be very serious with south east and south east will take that party very serious.

“Another thing the newspapers did not report is that we also requested for a serving chief from the south east, we don’t have it and all the thing we requested they are known things the people of the south east have been agitating for.

“We wouldn’t have gone if Mr President has not awarded the much talked about Second Niger Bridge and also mobilized.

“So, we went to say look Mr President given mobilization fees of N7 billion is not enough we want 50 percent mobilization to Julius Berger and the other 50 percent committed to bond,” he said.

It is earlier reported that the south east governors zone agreed to hold a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, November 21.

Issues such as the second Niger bridge, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the non-representation of the region in Nigeria's security apparatus are top items in the agenda of the said meeting.