Enyinnaya Abaribe, senate minority leader, says the only person from the south-east region in the Aso Villa is a photographer.
Abaribe said this on Friday when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels TV.
Amid the intense agitation from south-east leaders for Igbo presidency in 2023, Abaribe had said it was non-negotiable for an Igbo person to replace President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recently, David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a result of “injustice.”
In reaction, Abaribe who is a member of PDP, said Umahi’s defection is merely an occurrence and will be evaluated properly during the next presidential election.
He emphasised the importance of back channels in government, adding that it was the reason for the relevance of Mamman Daura, Buhari’s nephew, in the present administration.
“Before, every part of this country was represented in the Aso Villa, so when you want to do government business because sometimes government business is done from back channels, so if you have a problem or they want to do some consultations, you make a call into the Villa, you call to your countryman and say please, can you tell oga this or that so that we can have this talk, there is none today inside the villa. There’s one guy, his name is Sunny, I think he’s a photographer, ” he said.
“So, Umahi is going to talk to who? Ok, because he is governor, he can talk to chief of staff, he can go to see the president but what about others?”