Del­e­gates tackle Kutigi over c’ttees

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Civil so­ci­ety del­e­gates at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day de­scribed the re­ver­sal of the right of com­mit­tees to elect their lead­ers di­rectly as an at­tempt to pave way for the emer­gence of su­per del­e­gates.

A state­ment signed by five civil so­ci­ety ac­tivists on be­half of the 24 civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions at the con­fer­ence, said the re­ver­sal of the pro­ce­dure was un­demo­cratic.

“We are con­cerned with the way and man­ner that the com­mit­tee of 50 went out of its terms of ref­er­ence to pro­pose to con­fer­ence the re­ver­sal of a de­ci­sion ear­lier made with re­spect to com­mit­tees of con­fer­ence hav­ing the right to elect their pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers,” the state­ment said.

Those who signed the state­ment are Femi Falana, Abi­ola Akiode, Fes­tus Okoye, Dudu Manuga and Jaye Gaskia.

They said the ear­lier de­ci­sion for com­mit­tees to choose their chair­men was unan­i­mously adopted by the del­e­gates in ple­nary dur­ing dis­cus­sion of rules and pro­ce­dures of con­fer­ence on March 24.

But they added that they were con­cerned that a “com­mit­tee made up no more than 10% of del­e­gates, and sad­dled with a dif­fer­ent task of ar­riv­ing at a con­sen­sus on what should con­sti­tute ma­jor­ity vote in the ab­sence of con­sen­sus, would go out­side of its own man­date, de­lib­er­ate on and rec­om­mend the re­ver­sal of a de­ci­sion validly taken by all del­e­gates in ple­nary.”

They said they are wor­ried that this prac­tice may en­trench the “emer­gence of some sorts of su­per del­e­gates who can take de­ci­sion on be­half of or even op­posed to the views of ma­jor­ity del­e­gates.”

The sec­re­tariat selected a com­mit­tee of 50 del­e­gates from across the coun­try to find so­lu­tion for the two thirds/three quar­ters voting mode stale­mate that stalled the con­fer­ence for two weeks.


For­mer Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Prof. Dora Akun­y­ili (right), con­fer­ring with one of her aides dur­ing the Na­tional Con­fer­ence de­lib­er­a­tions in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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