‘There is no way the south-east should continue to have only five states’ – Governor Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has asked the national assembly to consider the creation of an additional state in the region during the ongoing constitutional review.

The Governor said this during a courtesy visit by the by the senate sub-committee on the constitutional amendment for the south-south.

“There is no way the south-east should continue to have only five states. It is very unfair. Since other regions have six states, the south-east should be made to have six states.” he said.

He also urged the national assembly to shun political interference in the ongoing constitutional review, adding that the focus should be on prioritising national interest.

“I think this is an opportunity for members of the national assembly to say they are working for the interest of Nigeria and not for the party they belong. Because at the end of the day, if anything happens to the country, you will all be affected,” he said.

The House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Review is currently holding zonal public hearings taking place across the country’s six geopolitical zones.

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, who is the chairman of the special committee on constitution review, had appealed to members of the committee “to always put Nigeria first and work for Nigeria to ensure it delivered for the country the best constitution”.

He revealed that the members of the committee would be posted outside their zones “to have a feeling of what obtains in other geopolitical zones”.

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