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.