The Enugu and Ebonyi state chapters of the All Progressives Congress at a public hearing on ‘true federalism’ on Monday demanded the creation of an additional state in the South-East geopolitical zone.
The APC chapters in the two states made the demand in separate presentations during a public consultation held by the party’s Committee on True Federalism for the South-East in Enugu.
The Enugu State chapter of the APC, in a presentation made by the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, wanted the creation of the proposed Adada State to bring the South-East at par with other geopolitical zones, which have six states.
Okechukwu said, “On creation/merger of states, we demand for the creation of Adada State as an additional state to bring the South-East at par with others.
“This will serve as the national consensus of equity and justice to the South-East.”
The Enugu State APC also called for the scrapping of state electoral commissions.
“To harness the envisaged autonomy of the local government councils and empower them to serve the people at the grassroots, we demand the repeal of the state Independent Electoral Commission because the ugly history of elections conducted by the State Independent Electoral Commission nationwide will defeat the intendment of the autonomy,” Okechukwu added.
In its presentation, which was delivered by Egwu Chima, the Ebonyi State chapter of the APC opposed the proposed merger of states, or return to the defunct regions.
The Ebonyi State APC, instead, demanded an additional state for the South-East.
“Our position is that the present state structure should be maintained and an additional state should be created for the South-East.”
The Ebonyi State chapter of the APC added that it was ‘vehemently’ opposed to the creation of state police and introduction of independent candidates in elections.
“Independent candidacy is good but if it is allowed, there might be up to 100,000 candidates contesting a councillorship election and the umpire cannot carry it,” Chima observed.
The Chairman of the event, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, said the presentations would form part of the recommendations that the APC Committee on True Federalism would forward to the Presidency.