President Goodluck Jonathan in Owerri, Imo State, South East Nigeria says he is committed to the implementation of the recommendation of the just concluded National Conference on state creation.
Jonathan who gave the assurance on Tuesday during a reception by the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers in Owerri , Imo state capital assured that the South East zone would get an additional state to bring them at par with other zones in the country.
He noted that the South East geo-political zone with only five states would get additional one as recommended by the National Conference for equality before any other zone agitating for additional state is considered.
He urged the people to translate the massive support they have shown to his administration to large votes on Saturday during the presidential and national assembly elections to enable him consolidate on the achievement of his administration.
President Jonathan said he was elated for the massive support he had received from the zone, adding that he was sure that the same support would be given to him and his party in the general elections to enable him consolidate on the achievements of his administration so far.
“The South East is the support base of the PDP and I am here again to solicit for your supports and blessing in the Saturday election.
“The South East has not supported anybody the way they have supported me since 2011 and in the next four years, I will ensure that the zone benefit more in terms of projects and most importantly, I will also ensure that the recommendation of the National Conference which has been adopted by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), is religiously implemented.”
The Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomunanya appealed to the president to come and rescue the royal fathers in the state as they have suffered so much deprivation in the hand of those who do not understand how the traditional institution operates.
The royal fathers said that they are solidly behind the re-election of President Jonathan, because he has done marvelously well in the last four years.