Del­e­gates adopt voting modal­ity, com­mit­tees, work plan …Sec­re­tariat to ap­point com­mit­tee chairs, deputies

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah & Fran­cis Okeke

The Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day adopted the 70 per­cent ma­jor­ity voting modal­ity rec­om­mended by the group of 50 del­e­gates selected to break the two-thirds/three quar­ters stale­mate.

The de­ci­sion of the group was read by the con­fer­ence deputy chair­man, Pro­fes­sor Bo­laji Akinyemi, who said all the par­ties in­volved agreed on 70 per­cent ma­jor­ity vote when­ever any is­sue fails to at­tract con­sen­sus.

This de­ci­sion was adopted by the ple­nary, bring­ing an end to two weeks of stale­mate that al­most tore the del­e­gates into North-South di­vide

Daily Trust re­ported last Fri­day that the group had set­tled on 70 per­cent ma­jor­ity voting pat­tern in the ab­sence of con­sen­sus.

The res­o­lu­tion said, “Del­e­gates worked in har­mony to de­velop and put to ef­fec­tive use the spirit of con­sen­sus-build­ing with the na­tional in­ter­est at heart. At the con­clu­sion of de­lib­er­a­tions, mem­bers reached a de­ci­sion to amend Or­ders VI(4), XI(2) and XII(4) as fol­lows:

“In the case of fail­ure to reach con­sen­sus, the mat­ter shall be de­cided by a ma­jor­ity vote of seventy per­cent (70%) of del­e­gates present and voting.”

The mo­tion to adopt the re­port pre­sented by Akinyemi was im­me­di­ately moved by for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent Dr. Iy­orchia Ayu, and sec­onded by for­mer Gover­nor of Akwa Ibom State Obong Vic­tor At­tah.

The group of 50 del­e­gates also an­nounced that at their meet­ing, the is­sue of who should ap­point com­mit­tee chair­men and deputies was also dis­cussed and a fresh de­ci­sion taken.

Akinyemi ex­plained that though the mat­ter was de­cided last week when del­e­gates voted in favour of ap­point­ment by com­mit­tee mem­bers, re­cent events proved that such ap­proach is likely to gen­er­ate fresh prob­lems, among them in­equal­ity.

He an­nounced that the se­lect team had de­cided to al­low such ap­point­ments to be made by the prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers in such a man­ner that it would cre­ate con­fi­dence and re­flect de­mog­ra­phy.

“It was also re­solved that prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers must ap­ply the yard­stick of ex­pe­ri­ence in the per­for­mance of their func­tions and the fact that such ap­point­ments must cover all the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion,” he said.

While re­spond­ing to ob­jec­tions raised by two del­e­gates who de­scribed the de­ci­sion as “a sub­ver­sion of the will of the del­e­gates of this con­fer­ence,” Akinyemi said: “If we see a prob­lem com­ing, I think we owe it to you to bring it to your no­tice.”

With this ex­pla­na­tion, the ple­nary unan­i­mously adopted the changes with­out any dis­sent­ing voice. Mrs Aladu Ibrahim moved a for­mal mo­tion for the adop­tion of the rules of pro­ce­dure that would and it was sec­onded by Am­bas­sador Has­san Adamu.

Ear­lier, the chair­man of the con­fer­ence Jus­tice Idris Kutigi an­nounced death of re­tired As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Hamma Misau, a del­e­gate from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Po­lice Of­fi­cers of Nigeria (AR­PON), who passed on last week.

The ple­nary ob­served a one­minute si­lence in hon­our of the de­ceased who was an in­di­gene of Bauchi state.

The ple­nary also adopted the con­fer­ence work plan, with some amend­ments such as is­sues of pub­lic hol­i­days and also asked for ex­ten­sion of time for com­mit­tee sit­tings.

Dur­ing the af­ter­noon ses­sion, the ple­nary com­menced de­bate on the pres­i­dent’s in­au­gu­ral speech, where del­e­gates were called to speak in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der. About nine of the 39 del­e­gates called were ab­sent yes­ter­day.

So far, most of the del­e­gates praised the pres­i­dent’s speech, say­ing it’s in­spi­ra­tional, pa­tri­otic and a pointer to the is­sues that should oc­cupy dis­cus­sions and de­ci­sions at the con­fer­ence.

The ple­nary will re­con­vene to­day.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

Emir of Yauri, Dr. Zayyanu Ab­dul­lahi (left), rub­bing minds with Am­bas­sador Isah Muhammed Ar­gungu, dur­ing yes­ter­day’s de­lib­er­a­tion at the on­go­ing Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Abuja.

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