The ‘un­electable‘

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It is now clear that del­e­gates to the Na­tional Con­fer­ence no longer have ‘more le­git­i­macy’ than mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

In the first weeks of its in­au­gu­ra­tion, some del­e­gates were so car­ried away by this as­sign­ment to the ex­tent of say­ing that the con­fer­ence, though peo­pled by nom­i­nees of pres­i­dent and state gov­er­nors, has more le­git­i­macy than Na­tional As­sem­bly, which mem­bers were elected.

It is clear that this mind set among some of the del­e­gates has changed. Some of the del­e­gates who spoke con­firmed that some of the del­e­gates are not electable.

When for­mer House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­ber Mo­hammed Umara Ku­malia said that some of the del­e­gates wouldn’t have made it to the con­fer­ence if elec­tions were con­ducted.

He said some of them are ei­ther too old to con­test, oth­ers are ‘too’ clean while oth­ers don’t have the where­withal to win elec­tions un­der the present sit­u­a­tion.

An­other del­e­gate Anthony Ade­fuye said the un­electable na­ture of the del­e­gates is a bless­ing in dis­guise. “If elec­tions were to be the yard­stick, many people wouldn’t have been here.”

By this, the likes of for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ken Nna­mani, who once ad­vised these del­e­gates to test their po­lit­i­cal prow­ess by con­test­ing next elec­tions into the Se­nate, is vin­di­cated.

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