Distin­guished del­e­gates

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Some of the del­e­gates have prob­lems with nomen­cla­ture used by con­fer­ence chair­man Jus­tice Idris Kutigi in ad­dress­ing them. It was re­tired Gen­eral D.O. Idada Ikpon­mwen who com­plained that for­mer po­lit­i­cal of­fice hold­ers are ac­corded more re­spect than other del­e­gates.

This Gen­eral pas­sion­ately took ob­jec­tion to the man­ner Kutigi was ad­dress­ing them. “I ob­served that the chair­man is ad­dress­ing us as hon­ourable whereas even the pres­i­dent ad­dressed us as distin­guished del­e­gates,” he said.

He said “we are distin­guished del­e­gates, not honourables”. And “Mr Chair­man, should take note.”

Ikpon­mwen didn’t stop there. He added that the con­fer­ence has more le­git­i­macy than the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

“Mr Chair­man, I want to as­sure you that this con­fer­ence is more le­git­i­mate than the Na­tional As­sem­bly,” he said.

When the Gen­eral was re­minded that he was not elected, he kept quiet. But for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ken Nna­mani also ad­vised del­e­gates “to try their pop­u­lar­ity by con­test­ing elec­tions into Na­tional As­sem­bly.”

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