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South East senators vow to boycott Buhari’s town hall parley in Enugu

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Baring a last minute change of plans, Senators from The South East Caucus on Wednesday made known their resolve to boycott Thursday’s town hall meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Enugu.

President Buhari is scheduled to hold Economic and Security summit with stakeholders in the South East.

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The Chairman of the Caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, confirmed that the South East Senators will stay away from the town hall meeting.

Abaribe cited lack of adequate consultation as reason behind their resolution to stay away from the meeting.

The Abia South Senator said though there was an attempt to consult the caucus prior to the meeting, it was not adequate.

He said, “The South East Senate Caucus will not attend a planned town hall meeting with Mr. President slated for Enugu having not been adequately consulted.

“Again, it is the view of the Caucus that what the South East needs is development and not to be tagged with any other issue like security.

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“South East has been utterly neglected and marginalized over time especially with regards to addressing factors that stimulates development including the place of Ndigbo in the present administration.

“So if we are to hold a town hall meeting the agenda must be restricted to purely development of the region. The agenda must be articulated to address the issues as highlighted.”