The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has implored the south-east to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in order for the zone to gun for the presidency in 2023.
Mustapha was addressing the media after a meeting between the president and the south-east governors at the presidential villa on Wednesday.
Mustapha said, “This obviously might not be most appropriate time. You remember there was a programme in the south-east where Mr President asked me to represent him and I flew 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.
“Whatever you bring as an investment when dividends are going to be shared, you will get proportionate with your investment and your investment in politics is what you bring to the table and I urge the Southeast to look at this matter seriously that every time we have a presidency in Nigeria, it is negotiated in several ways.
“Either negotiated by votes or what you bring to the table and you must negotiate from the position of strength.
He also talked about the importance of the region to the federation saying the Buhari’s administration will ensure the revamp of infrastructure in the region especially the second Niger Bridge.
“They appreciate the fact that the second Niger Bridge was a paper issue in the last five, six decades. They are convinced that the decision to complete the Niger Bridge is real, contract has been awarded by this government for N206 billion of investment and the road networks and other things we are doing in the southeast, it is a mark of appreciation for the leadership that President Muhammadu Buhari is providing for this country
“The south-east is an integral part of this country. It must be accorded its appropriate place in the scheme of things and we believe strongly that this particular government has extended its hands of friendship to the south-eastern states and by the efforts that have been put in place to ensure infrastructural development and integration.”