A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)Pius Anyim has said he met President Muhammadu Buhari because they are friends.
Anyim and Buhari met on Friday at the Aso Rock Villa with reports saying that it was in preparation for the former’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart has said there is no iota of truth in the reported defection plans.
“My friendship with President Buhari transcends politics,” he told Premium Times.
“The idea that I met with the president to lay the groundwork for my defection does not arise at all.”
He added that “I have been friends with the president for a long time and I will continue to be for a long time. We can be friends without aligning politically.
“I came into Port-Harcourt this evening to participate in our [PDP] national convention tomorrow.”
Anyim was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2018 in connection with N520m.
He had allegedly taken the money from ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki.
The EFCC said it is also investigating Anyim for alleged contract scam of N13bn.
But the former Senate President was released on bail after he submitted his passport to the anti-graft agency.