2019 Coming Soon: Buhari Woos South-East With Capital Projects

As part of political realignment ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategists are said to be wooing the South-East geo-political zone.

It was gathered that the President had directed that infrastructure gaps in the South-East be bridged.

It was also learnt that apart from reviving old alliances, Mr President’s allies were also counting on political bridges built by northern politicians with their eastern counterparts over the years.

In addition to these political moves,
Buhari was said to have ordered contractors handling infrastructural projects in the zone to return.

This, according to Punch findings, is aimed at ensuring the speedy completion of the rehabilitation of some federal roads in the region.

Findings showed that emphasis would be placed on the following projects: 
Port Harcourt-Aba Road, Abriba-Arochukwu-Ohafia Road (Abia State,; Oji-Achi-Obeagu-Mmaku-Awgu-Ndeaboh-Mpu-Okpanku Road (Enugu State), Second Niger Bridge and the Ikot Ekpene Border-Aba-Owerri Road (Akwa Ibom/Abia and Imo States).

Buhari is also said to be eager to erase impressions that he would punish the zone for voting against him during the 2015 election.

This is coming on the heels of subtle threats by some members of the All Progressives Congress, especially from the South-West, to reassess their membership.

A prominent member of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Of course, a lot of realignment is going on. Even the media war between former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, should tell you something.”

He added, “The 2015 elections taught us that no part of this country can be ignored. The PDP took the North-Central for granted and they paid for it. The news from the South-West is giving us concerns but we are addressing the issues. We don’t want to leave anything to chance.

“The president is a better politician than many are willing to give him credit for. He listens, he has instructed that infrastructure, especially roads in the zone, be revisited. He knows such projects have a direct impact on the lives of ordinary people.”