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Buhari meets South-East delegation

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R-L: Chief of Staff to the President , Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari, former Senate President and Leader of South-East Group for Change, Senator Ken Nnnami, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume in audience with the President at the State House in Abuja on May 31, 2016. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

R-L: Chief of Staff to the President , Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari, former Senate President and Leader of South-East Group for Change, Senator Ken Nnnami, Senator Ifeanyi Ararumeand other members of South-East Group for Change in audience with the President at the State House in Abuja on May 31, 2016. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

Amidst the escalating tension generated by Pro-Biafran agitations in the South East, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received some prominent Igbo politicians from the South East at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

The delegation whose mission to the Presidential Villa was not disclosed were led by former Senate President,Senator Ken Nnamani. They came under the aegis of Southeast Group for Change and comprised mainly members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

A State House source however, said the delegation indicated that the leaders were working out modalities to consolidate the stronghold of the party in the region.

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But Nnamani has not been known to have identified with any of the registered political party, since his exit from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

When asked during a recent visit to the seat of power with a former Speaker of House of Representatives and currently Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari to confirm media reports that he had joined the APC, Nammani said if he had done so, it would not be hidden.

The visit to Villa, came barely 24 hours after security agencies and pro-Biaffran agitators, notably the Indigenous People of Biafran, (IPOB) reportedly engaged in a bloody clash at Onitsha, Anambra State, which spilled to neighboring Asaba in Delta State. Both sides reportedly recorded some casualties.

The meeting which lasted about 45 minutes also had in its delegation,the National Auditor of All Progressive Congress( APC) George Moghalu; former Senators ‎Ifeanyi Ararume and Senator Osita Izunaso. Also on the delegation were former House of Reps member, Sharon Ikeazor and former Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe.

The delegation also included APC National Vice-Chairman (South East), Hon. Emma Eneukwu; member of the APC Board of Trustees, Chief Austin Edeze; Dr. Uzoma Obiyo; ‎and Chris Akomas, among others.

It was not however, clear yesterday if the pro-Biafra crisis in the area formed part of their discussions with the President as the entire delegation kept mum when approached by State House Correspondents. Nnamani brushed aside a‎n attempt to be asked if the issue of Biafra came up ‎for discussion at the meeting as he simply replied “No, no, not now”.

But at press time the Presidency has yet to issue any official statement on the ‎meeting.


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