The youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an Igbo socio-cultural group, has proposed a south-east federation, which is a merger of the five states in the region.
The group also revealed that there would be a referendum to decide the fate of the merger on August 8, 2019.
Arthur Obiora, national youth leader of the group, disclosed this in a statement sent to TheCable on Monday.
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The statement noted that a bill tagged “A law of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states houses of assembly for the holding of a referendum on the proposal to federate Abia with Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo and constitute same into South-Eastern Region of Nigeria within the Federation of Nigeria” has also been sent to the houses of assembly for consideration.
“On the 8th of August, 2019, a referendum shall be held in Abia state, Anambra state, Ebonyi state, Enugu state and Imo state of Nigeria on: Whether the Government of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states should negotiate with each other with a view to forming a Federation of State to be known as South Eastern Region of Eastern Nigeria,” the statement read.
“Whether the said Region should negotiate with the Government of Nigeria and the remaining 31 states or any group of states that have also agreed to federate … to achieve autonomy/self-determination for the said region within a federation of Nigeria Constituent Units.”
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Obiorah added that those eligible to vote in the referendum are persons who are entitled to vote as electors at a Local Government Election in the electoral ward of the state they reside or do business.
He said the governor of each of the five states shall appoint a chief electoral officer who shall subsequently appoint an electoral officer for each local government area.