The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, has revealed that President Bola Tinubu has been fair to the Southeast geo-political zone with his distribution of appointments, despite not winning five eastern states during the February 25 election.
Soludo said the president has not marginalised Ndigbo and cited the appointment of the former governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Dave Umahi, as Minister of Works.
Other ministers from Southeast are Doris Anite (Industry, Trade and Investment; Imo state); Uche Nnaji (Innovation, Science and Technology; Enugu); Nkiru Onyejeocha, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Abia); and Uju Kennedy (Women Affairs, Anambra).
The All Progressives Congress (APC), on which platform the president ran, got 127,605 votes in the South East during the last presidential election.
Soludo commended the President for what he described as a “juicy” appointment to the region when he was visited by Umahi in Awka, the state capital, at the weekend. He added that Tinubu never considered the regional disposition and voting pattern.
He said: “Given the totality of votes we contributed from Southeast and looking at the ministerial portfolios, we may not have the basis to begin to demand for “juicy” portfolios.
“But, the President graciously gave us one of our finest and best, one of the few engineers who pioneered concrete pavement as current standard for road construction.
“Nigeria is a federation. You cannot stay in your state, clap with one hand and expect noise. You need the other hand, which is the federal government, for things to work.
“With you, Engr. Umahi in office, you are a perfect round peg in a round hole. Please, keep showing your leadership.
“What you said about the possibility of coming back again for us to move around in Anambra State will be fantastic because we have fundamental challenges on road infrastructure and especially how it’s delivered by the Federal Government”
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