The South East Governors’ Forum has commended delegates at the ongoing constitutional conference in Abuja for their unanimous recommendation that an additional state be created for the zone to bring it at par with other geo-political zones of the country.
The Chairman of the forum and Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, in a press statement made available to newsmen in Umuahia, saluted the courage of the delegates in adopting the recommendation which he added, is a major step towards ending decades of political injustice and marginalization against Ndigbo.
The statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ajunwa, also commended the confab for recommending the creation of more new states from the existing ones across the country, saying this will help correct the imbalance and lopsidedness in state creation supervised by the military.
According to the statement, “this bold step of the conference will also help to diffuse tension in the polity as well as fast track grassroot development”.
“We also commend the leadership of the conference as well as the delegates for their maturity, patriotism and peaceful disposition in conducting the affairs of the confab”. the statement said.
The governors, therefore, called on the National Assembly and other relevant stakeholders to support the recommendation, and to synergise on making the outcome of the confab a working document in the overall interest of Nigeria.
The South-East governors restated their faith in the conference and called on all Nigerians to be united in adopting the final outcome of the exercise as a way to move the country forward.
The governors also reiterated their unflinching support for President Goodluck Jonathan especially for his courage in organizing the conference despite pockets of oppositions, saying that the recommendations of the confab so far on key contentious issues in the country have vindicated the President’s action.