Thursday, 27 March 2014

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ADJOURNS TO MONDAY

National Conference Adjourns to Monday

 The National Conference on Wednesday adjourned until Monday, 31st March, 2014 for consultations on the contentious issue of the Mode of Voting.

The Chairman of the Conference, retired Justice Idris Kutigi, announced the adjournment after some select delegates and principal Officers of the Conference met to break the deadlock.

The media reports that Order VI Rule 3 of the Conference provides that any of its decision shall be decided by at least three-quarter majority.

Tuesday’s plenary was adjourned abruptly after a sharp disagreement among the delegates over the three quarter or two-third majority Mode of Voting.

A motion moved and passed by the delegates mandated the Chairman Kutigi to convene a meeting involving leaders of delegates across the country to resolve the deadlock.

At the resumption on Wednesday, the leadership announced the formation of a 50-man consensus group drawn from the six geo-political zones to look into the three-quarter and two-third majority dichotomy.

Immediately after the first debate, the Conference was adjourned to reconvene in the afternoon to enable the group to hold a closed-door meeting with the Chairman to resolve the impasse on the Mode of Voting.

When the Conference resumed in the afternoon, the Chairman announced that the meeting with the selected delegates would continue since “it is necessary to exhaustively discuss the issue”.

Justice Kutigi therefore announced the adjournment, saying the meeting had made tremendous progress.

“It was decided that the consultative meeting should continue for other outstanding issues to be resolved before plenary on Monday.”
Meanwhile, some National Conference delegates have complained that food on offer has not been going round.
The Conference takes a lunch break, but still as some delegates prefer to leave the venue of the conference for their lunch, the food on provided does not get to some other delegates. This situation has not gone down well with some delegates as they express dissatisfaction with the development in very unmistakable terms.
Thanks to the Secretary of the Conference, Dr. Valarie Azinge who formally addressed the food shortage crisis at the resumption of plenary on Monday.

In his words, “Honorable delegates, it has come to our notice that most of you did not get food to eat. We are very sorry about that. We promise that it will not repeat itself tomorrow”, the Conference Secretary pleaded. Billions of naira has been set aside for the National Conference.

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