Two thousand South eastern businessmen have contributed ₦1 billion to support the campaign of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu.
Governor Hope Uzodimma disclosed this on Thursday during a Town Hall meeting between Tinubu and business leaders in the region.
He said membership of the group was drawn from the five states of the zone.
“I am happy to say our people are fully in support of our Presidential candidate who has come to share his vision and plan for Nigeria and South East today. To support this aspiration the sum of N1billion naira has been raised by 2000 business owners across the South East states,” Uzodimma said.
A spokesperson for the group Emeka Mgbudem said the group believes in Nigeria and is committed to peace.
He said members contributed ₦500,000 each because they believe in Tinubu, after reading his manifesto entitled Renewed Hope: Action Plan for Nigeria.
He said where an Igbo man puts his money, he puts his heart.
He however asked Tinubu to remove the numerous checkpoints on the roads in the region and also build the roads linking the state capitals in the region.
Responding, Tinubu pledged to deploy technology in the clearing of goods at the ports that will render unnecessary the checkpoints on the roads.
He also promised to run a government where all Nigerians are treated equally.