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Greg Ibe backs quest for Etiti state creation, hails S’East Reps over move for Kanu’s release

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Greg Ibe backs quest for Etiti state creation, hails S’East Reps over move for Kanu’s release

By Steve Oko

The Abia State All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, governorship candidate in 2023, Professor Greg Ibe, has endorsed the proposal for the creation of Ekiti State as parity state for the South East geopolitical zone.

Bill for the proposed state sponsored by the member representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency, Hon. Amobi Ogah, in collaboration with his colleagues from other states in the zone, last week past its first reading.

Professor Ibe who described a parity state for the South East as long overdue, argued that Etiti State is the most reasonable of the various proposals being canvassed as each of the existing five states in the zone would donate some Council areas to the new state.

He recalled that there was already a consensus during the 2014 national constitutional conference for additional state to be created for South East to bring the zone at par with others, adding that ever since then, he has personally supported efforts towards its actualisation.

Professor Ibe, in a statement, commended the lawmakers for the bold move, which he said, would help address decades of marginalisation of the zone.

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The statement read in part:”The icing on the cake is the recent motion sponsored by some members of the caucus for the creation of Etiti State. Being a project that the South East Delegation of the 2014 National Conference under the leadership of Gen. Ike Nwachukwu(retd.) championed, in my capacity as consultant to the delegation, I have since 2014, passionately fought for the realization of Etiti State.

“I am glad that the vision we birthed is now being given legislative attention through the gallant efforts of some members of the caucus.

“Going forward, I want to appeal to all stakeholders within our region to support this move by joining forces with our Representatives in a bid to realize an additional equalizing state within the zone, that will be created by equitably annexing Local Government Councils from each of the present five states that constitute the South East and that is a central state called Etiti”.

Professor Ibe commended members of South East caucus of House of Representatives for their unprecedented efforts in advancing the cause of the zone, describing them as true ambassadors of the zone.

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Giving an overview of the performance of members of the caucus in their first legislative year, Prof Ibe commended them for sponsoring what he described as “uniquely special bills that are critical to the aspirations of our people, as a means of addressing the negative consequences of many years of political exclusion and unjust marginalization”.

Prof Ibe, who is a member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Presidential Advisory Council, particularly lauded the South East Caucus for championing the establishment of South East Development Commission.

He also commended them for their spirited efforts towards the release of the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The statement read:”As we mark the first year anniversary of the tenth National Assembly, I want to appreciate the South East Caucus of the House of Representatives for delivering a season of good representation to the zone.

“Let me particularly appreciate them for sponsoring uniquely special bills that are critical to the aspirations of our people as a means of addressing the negative consequences of many years of political exclusion and unjust marginalization”.

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“It is worthy to place on record that the gallant efforts of members of the Caucus led to the passage of the South East Development Commission bill, an initiative that will certainly propel faster transformation of our region”.

” I also recognize and appreciate the laudable efforts of some honourable members of the caucus aimed at adopting a political solution in achieving the release of our brother Nnamdi Kanu”.

Prof Ibe therefore, encouraged the caucus not to relent in their legislative duties and subsequent oversight functions, promising to partner them in achieving speedy development of the region.

 

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