State cre­ation: Enugu in­di­genes seek court or­der for ref­er­en­dum

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

In­di­genes of Enugu State yes­ter­day prayed a Federal High Court in Abuja to is­sue a manda­tory or­der com­pelling the Na­tional As­sem­bly to con­duct ref­er­en­dum for the cre­ation of Adada State from the state.

The suit was brought by Ma­jor Gen­eral God­win Ug­wuoke (Rtd), Prof Igwe Uk­pabi, Hon James Ugwu for them­selves and mem­bers of Enugu State com­mit­tee on the Ac­tu­al­iza­tion of Adada State, and Adada State Move­ment.

Ar­gu­ing the orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons, coun­sel to the ap­pli­cants Of­fordile Okafor (SAN) said the in­di­genes have ful­filled the con­di­tions set out in sec­tion 8(1) (a) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion and sec­tion 1(1), (2) of the Cre­ation of States and Boundary Ad­just­ment (Pro­ce­dure Act Cap C37) 2004.

He said var­i­ous sub­mis­sions have been made to­wards the cre­ation of Adada State and cited the March 16, 1983 ap­pli­ca­tion pre­sented to the Na­tional As­sem­bly by Yunusa Kal­tungo; the Mbanefo com­mit­tee re­port of 1996; the 2005 Po­lit­i­cal Re­form Con­fer­ence rec­om­men­da­tion which was fol­lowed by a 10 mem­ber Na­tional As­sem­bly com­mit­tee voting where Adada got more votes than other re­quests.

He there­fore prayed the court to com­pel both the Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to carry out their pub­lic and Con­sti­tu­tional duty by di­rect­ing the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to con­duct the ref­er­en­dum in Uzo-Uwani, Nsukka, Ig­boEze North and South, Udenu, Isi-Uzo, and Igbo-Etiti area coun­cils.

Jus­tice Adeniyi Ade­mola has re­served judg­ment for May.

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