The stakeholders led by immediate past President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, had an audience with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.
They also had an audience with the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase.
The Enugu stakeholders recalled that the creation of Adada was approved by delegates at the 2014 National Conference, adding that no petition had been recorded against the approval.
Nwodo said, “The proposed Adada State has peculiar characteristics which include that no petition against it within or outside Enugu State.
“There is unanimity of demand by all the five south-eastern states during the approval at the 2014 National Conference and the need for it to make states in Igbo North, three, as it is presently in Igbo South which has Imo, Anambra and Abia states as against Igbo North, which presently has only Enugu and Ebonyi as states.”
Lawan, in his response, told the delegation that they took the right step by coming to the National Assembly to make their demand.
“You are in order. You are at the right place. This is the people’s assembly, saddled with the responsibility and mandate of receiving and listening to Nigerians who desire one form of legislative Intervention or the other to ensure that Nigeria is stable, peaceful and that people live in harmony and trust.
“So in your quest for the creation of Adada, you are welcome. We are going to give you every opportunity and support that will be necessary for the creation of the Adada State.
Omo-Agege, on his part, assured the delegation of the support of his committee.
He said, “Since state creation is item 10 out of the 11 thematic areas being considered by the committee, Adada will be given serious consideration.”
However, he advised them to broaden their lobbying scope for the request to go through in June or July, when reports would be submitted.