Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Friday visited the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari in his Aso Drive residence, Abuja strengthening speculations he planned to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on whose platform he was elected.
However, speaking to journalists at the premises of General Buhari following a closed door meeting, Obiano dismissed the defection speculation. He said that his mission to the president-elect was to congratulate him. Although he planned to work with Buhari, he remained a member of APGA.
Asked whether he had plans of joining the APC, Obiano replied: “It is not correct. I will remain with APGA and work very closely with Mr president.”
“Well, I came to congratulate His Excellency the President-elect on his victory and I am also here to reassure him that Anambra and the south East would support him. I also pleaded with him on some pressing problem that are of importance to the south east like the second Niger bridge and some of the federal roads.
“We also pleaded in the area of appointment for the people of Anambra and of course for people from the south East be it ministerial, ambassadorial and what have you. So basically it is to congratulate the president elect on his well deserved victory.”
Asked if he aligned himself with the new song of change, he said “Well I am a very focused governor. Under my tenure I brought change in the area of security in Anambra state and I will always support things that would bring change to improve the well-being of Ndi Anambra and Nigeria as a whole. So yes.”
Obiano also said he had a good relationship with APC leaders in the Southeast.
“Yes most of them have actually paid a courtesy call on me and yes we are talking and I suspect that the President is not going to give appointment to only people from his party because everybody would support him and so he has to consider people from the other parties so that we can all embrace the change.”
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