With barely a year to the 2019 presidential election, the Leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the South-East have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
The group met with the President at the Presidential Villa where its leader, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, said the group also re-assured Buhari that the party was working very hard to win elections in the PDP-dominated South East.
Briefing State House Correspondents, Onu said that the delegation to the Presidency was high-power and the President was very happy about the visit.
The delegation comprised Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state who was represented by Eze Madumere, his deputy, serving members of the national assembly, former governors, all the ministers from the south-east, members of the national working committee and national executive committee of the APC.
“The APC leadership in the south-east met on December 31 last year and endorsed the president for a second term,” he said.
“We have come today to reaffirm that and to assure Mr. President that the party is working very hard to win future elections.”
The minister said Buhari was very happy with the calibre of people that were in the delegation.
“He was very happy because you can see the caliber of people in this delegation, a very high-powered delegation,” he said.
“The president was very happy that such a delegation thought it fit to visit him.”
The Minister added that the delegation also talked about the needs of the zone after commending the President on what efforts he was making to ensure that infrastructure development in the South East was improved.
He noted that the major roads that traverse the region from Enugu to Port Harcourt and Enugu/Onitsha to Owerri as ones that the administration had worked very hard to rehabilitate.
He recalled that in the past it used to be promises on the roads but the present administration had shown action adding that same was for the second Niger Bridge.
He added that the Bridge was not just for the South East but for the whole country.
“We then thanked him that the people of the South East are very enterprising people; when you are building a railway network it is important that major commercial towns are linked up by rail and also gas distribution.
And the President gave direct instructions that this should be done and we are very happy.
“It is not just good for the south East, it is good for the nation,’’ Onu stated.