The Southeast Senate Caucus yesterday resolved to boycott today’s town hall meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari in Enugu.
President Buhari is scheduled to hold what the organisers called the Economic and Security Summit with stakeholders in the region today.
Caucus Chairman Enyinnaya Abaribe said the region’s senators would stay away from the town hall meeting.
The senator cited lack of adequately consultation as the reason for their resolution to boycott the meeting.
But the Abia South senator admitted that though there was an attempt to consult the caucus prior to the meeting, it was not adequate.
He said: “The Southeast Senate Caucus will not attend a planned town hall meeting with Mr. President in Enugu, having not been adequately consulted.
“Again, it is the view of the caucus that what the Southeast needs is development and not to be tagged with any other issue like security. The Southeast has been utterly neglected and marginalised over time, especially with regard to addressing factors that stimulates development, including the place of the Ndigbo in the present administration.
“So, if we are to hold a town hall meeting, the agenda must be restricted to purely the development of the region. The agenda must be articulated to address the issues as highlighted.
“This has not been done. That is where the issue of lack of adequate consultation comes in.” (The Nation)