President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said he would create new states in the South-East if re-elected.
Jonathan made the pledge at the secretariat of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Owerri, where he was received by royal fathers in the state.
He said the South-East must get an equal number of states with other geopolitical zones in the country before other zones will talk of getting more states.
Leadership reports that each of the six geo-political zones in the country has six states except the South-East with five states and the North-East with seven states.
Jonathan, who described the people of the South-East as his ‘’taproot at the national level’’, said he was delighted at the level of support he enjoyed from the zone.
He said that his visit to the royal fathers was to solicit their prayers and support ahead of Saturday’s presidential elections, and urged the people to vote for him and other PDP candidates.
Earlier, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, the Chairman of the traditional rulers’ council, told Jonathan that the South-Eastern people were highly expectant of additional states, in addition to looking forward to enjoying other benefits of democracy.
He urged the president to go ahead with his good work, adding that his transformational leadership was highly appreciated by Nigerians.
Promising more states is just one of many promises the president has made in his bid to be re-elected as president of the federation. He has promised better roads, constant electricity, and a fight to clamp down on corruption among other things.
You can read more of his promises here.