The Abia State government has debunked reports that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari is part of a grand plan for his defection.
The Abia government in a statement released on Thursday night by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka explained that Ikpeazu’s visit has no relation to any planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The statement also clarified that Ikpeazu is not planning a defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling party.
According to Ememanka, the Governor was in Abuja to visit the President and discuss plans to further develop Abia State and not for political reasons.
The statement reads: “The purpose of the meeting was to brief the President on the developments on the Enyimba Economic City project and inform him of the next level plans for the mega project.
“The governor, who was accompanied on the visit by the Chief Executive of the Enyimba Economic City project, Mr. Darl Uzu, thanked the President for the support given by the Federal Government to the project, particularly the 20 percent stake taken up by the Federal Government in the project and the consistent approvals given by relevant Federal authorities to important applications made on behalf of the project after fulfilling all legal and other relevant requirements.
“The President was further informed that all the international financial institutions involved in the project, from the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the African Development Bank to the Afrexim Bank, had fulfilled their obligations to the project.
“With this development, all investors in the project are expected to crystallize their investments while the formal ground-breaking of the Enyimba Economic City project is expected to be performed by the President between the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter of 2022.
“The President expressed satisfaction with the developments and renewed the commitment of the Federal Government to the project.”
Naija News recalls Ikpeazu after his visit on Thursday to the President said while people from different places may be afraid of the dreaded Sambisa forest in the North, an Igbo-speaking man only sees a business opportunity to explore.
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