Why North Threatens To Quit National Conference
A major crisis has broken out at the National Conference as the North’s delegates have protested to the Conference’s Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi and his deputy, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi.
Their demand: nullification of all resolutions so far taken through voice vote, which they said did not reflect the views of delegates.
They insisted on “a proper ballot process” and queried why the conference’s leadership refused to use ballot boxes and papers already with the secretariat.
They accused the leadership of alleged “floundering” on resolutions.
The Northern Delegates Forum (NDF) hold an emergency meeting at Gombe Jewel Hotel in Abuja to determine whether to go ahead with the conference or boycott it.
The displeased delegates met with Justice Kutigi and Akinyemi at the weekend.
Those who represented the Northern delegates are ex-Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Coomasie, Prof. Anwalu Yadudu, Senator Khairat Gwadabe, Mohammed Kumalia; and Mohammed Bello.
It was learnt that the delegates were angry over the conference voice vote resolutions on state police, rotational presidency, adoption of six geopolitical zones, deletion of local government from the Federal Constitution, nature of federalism to be adopted by the country, among others.
A source said: “After last Thursday, session, the Northern delegates issued a communique rejecting all resolutions/ decisions so far taken by the National Conference because they came about through voice vote.Read more
Sources: Naij.com news, The Nation
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