All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has promised to address all issues and policies limiting development in the South East if elected as president in 2023 election.
Newsonline reports that Tinubu said this while speaking at the APC presidential campaign rally in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Thursday.
The APC candidate commended Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi for his excellent performance in lifting the state.
“I commend Governor Umahi for lifting up Ebonyi and for his developmental projects, some of which I commissioned yesterday (Wednesday) and his transformational and impactful leadership.
“He has laid a solid foundation for Ebonyi. He remains a good testament to what is possible in Nigeria,” Tinubu said.
Speaking on his plans for the Igbo as president, Tinubu said there would be no discrimination against them, the same way he encouraged them while he was Lagos governor.
“I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of the Igbo. I encouraged a lot of Igbo businesses and investments in Lagos and will even do more if I become president.
“If elected, there will be no discrimination, Igbo’s interests will be respected and protected. I will also encourage policies to aid commerce and support South East states to reach their full potential.
“I will engage the leaders of the South East in a heart-to-heart discussion on all issues agitating their minds.
“If elected, I will address all issues and policies that tend to hinder their commerce and enterprise. I will work with businessmen and women and encourage them to make the South East the Taiwan of Africa,” Tinubu said.
On his plans for Ebonyi State, the former Lagos governor said, “Working with the state government, I will mechanize the Ebonyi solid minerals sector and install processing plant.
“We will expand Ebonyi agricultural sector and make it one of the largest rice-producing states in Africa.”
Earlier the Ebonyi state governor Dave Umahi said Tinubu believes in merit and competence and had demonstrated this in his past record of service particularly when he was governor of Lagos.
“Asíwájú knows the road, we must follow him. He has shown that he loves and trusts Igbo and our people.
“He has been here since yesterday. He slept here in Abakaliki and ate our food. Only a man who loves you eats your food,” he said.