NEWS­BYTES 50 friends of the chair­man

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

It is clear now that the 491 del­e­gates at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence have con­ceded to the chair­man to se­lect his friends. In the first week, dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions, some del­e­gates ac­cused Jus­tice Idris Kutigi of call­ing on only del­e­gates whose faces he recog­nised.

But when the three quar­ters/ two thirds con­tro­versy erupted, the chair­man sin­gle-hand­edly picked his 50 “wise men” from among the del­e­gates. A front­line lawyer-ac­tivist had to ques­tion the wis­dom of the chair­man’s ac­tion.

It is clear now that af­ter the 50 “wise men”, now called “chair­man’s friends”, saved the con­fer­ence by break­ing the voting modal­ity stale­mate, they have now been en­dorsed by other del­e­gates.

While they are called chair­man’s friends, the chair­man called them “con­fer­ence friends.”

Sur­pris­ingly, the same ac­tivist-lawyer who ear­lier op­posed the se­lec­tion of the 50 “wise men” has now turned round to praise the chair­man for work done by his “few friends.”

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