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Group kicks against Orlu State and Orlu as capital

Says "Anambrarians will not allow this!"

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A group, Voters Rights Association of Nigeria (VRAN), has kicked against the idea of Orlu State with Orlu Town as the state capital.

VRAN made the remarks in a press statement signed by its President, Barr. Dr. Jezie Ekejiuba, dated June 15, 2024.

In the statement entitled “Orlu State and Orlu as the state capital“, Barr. Ekejiuba questioned the rationale behind Orlu as the state as well as the capital.

He noted that Orlu is “a glorified village with hardly any amenity to show for role of State Capital”.

Ekejiuba also questioned the choice of the name for both the state and also, at the same time, the state capital.

Barrister Jezie Ekejiuba
VRAN President, Barrister Jezie Ekejiuba

H stated further: “The proponents of Orlu State also wants us to believe that the dubious way to go about this suspicious agenda was their selfish desire to hijack many communities that make up Anambra South Senatorial district of Anambra State to add to their Orlu State magic without even consulting the Constituents through their representatives, namely, Senator and House of Representatives members at the National Assembly (NASS), Abuja.”

The VRAN President expressed strong belief that “Orlu State is merely a figment of imagination of the proponents”.

He condemned those plotting to use “Orlu State” as a decoy to perpetuate political dominance and marginalisation in the State.

According to him, “rotational principle of governorship of Imo State has been thrown to the winds.

“A clever look of the evil political agenda of the so-called Orlu State proponents or sponsors is to create a majority Orlu and minority segments from Anambra South Senatorial district communities.”

That, he said, will make Orlu’s political dominance a fait accompli, adding, “Anambrarians will not allow this!”

Ekejiuba pointed out that “in the interest of equity”, NASS should create one additional state from the South East to be known as “Equity State” or “Etiti State”.

He also suggested that the state capital be situated at “Umunze or Okigwe already decided and created by the 2014 National Constitutional Conference.

The National Constitutional Conference, it could be recalled, was held during the Goodluck Jonathan Administration.

Ekejiuba wanted the issue to “be revisited in the interest of equity and social justice.”

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