Willy Obiano, the Anambra state governor on Friday paid a courtesy call on the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to assure him of support from the South East just as he begged the president-elect to give equal consideration to the people of the region while choosing members of his cabinet and other political appointments.
Explaining his reason for the visit, Obiano told newsmen that aside from visiting to congratulate Buhari on his victory at the presidential poll, he had also come to press home the demands of the South East people on the completion of second Niger Bridge and areas of political appointments.
Said the governor: “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.”
When asked whether he was also planning to defect to the APC, the governor said he had never conceived the thought of leaving the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) ,the party whose platform he contested under to win the Anambra State governorship election.
“I will remain with APGA and work very closely with Mr. president. 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,” he said.
On whether he was in touch with APC leaders from the South East with regard to appointment for people of the south east, Obiano said most of the APC leaders in the region had paid him and talks were underway to ensure that the president-elect considered competent technocrats from the region who may not necessarily be members of the APC.
“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,” he said.