Stakeholders of the Movement for the creation of South Plateau State (MCSPS) out of the present Plateau state, have said the creation of the proposed state remains one of the best demands among similar requests by other groups in various parts of the country.
In a communiqués issued at the end of its meeting on Thursday, signed by its Secretary, Movement Harmonisation and Technical Committee, Professor John W. Wade, the Movement for the creation of South Plateau state said till date, the documentations, statistical requirements and analysis provided by the Movement justifying the creation of the proposed state, is in line with the provisions of section 8 a (ii) and (iii) of the 1999 Constitution.
According to the Movement, “The caucus of the MCSPS kept the demand alive at the National Conference at Abuja for the most part of 2014 through worthy ambassadors in the persons of Gen. J.T. Husseini (Sardaunan Plateau and Nasarawa states), former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, former Plateau state Assembly Speaker, Prof. D. G. Shown and Brig-Gen. J. Temlong along with the good friends of the movement from the South-South, South-East, South-West and North-Central geo-political zones.
It further stated that, “In spite of challenges, the leadershipof the MCSPS is not daunted or discouraged. Efforts and pressures are still being mounted on all concerned until we achieve our dreams in this regard.
The Movement further noted with gratification that “the proposed amendments of
the Constitution being currently championed at the National Assembly have listed the creation of states among items to be amended.
According to the group, “We sincerely believe that a political party in a democratic dispensation is not a personal property of any individual.
The movement resolved that “the movement supports in totality the zoning of the position of Governor to the southern senatorial zone, which has been the political practice since 1999, whether written or not.
“While we appreciate that it is not written, we noted that even in the recently concluded National Conference, the ideal of zoning (Presidential, Gubernatorial positions, etc was unanimously endorsed and brought into sharp focus in line with practice of politics with morality”.
“The movement rejects any attempt to shift the goal post mid way under the disguise of starting the zoning from the Northern Senatorial Zone where the present regime would stop and therefore “resolved that every citizen in the proposed South Plateau State should choose a Governor of their choice from the Southern Senatorial Zone in 2015.
“This will ensure equity, justice and fair play and promote peaceful co-existence in Plateau state”, it stated.