By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€”Â A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, has expressed regrets that the present National Assembly may not be able to complete the processes for the much desired constitution amend-ment before its tenure elapses.
He lamented that the abnormalities in the nationâ€™s electoral system would continue due to the regretta-ble situation, saying that if the National Assembly had insisted that the recommen-dations of the Justice Muhammed Uwais Electoral Reform committee be endorsed and implemented, they would have left a legacy behind.
Obahiagbon, who repre-sents Oredo Federal Consti-tuency in the House of Representatives, told Vanguard in Benin,Â yester-day, that â€œI am not optimistic that the process of the amendment of the Constitu-tion would be achieved in the life span of this National Assembly.
â€œI do not prefer, on this occasion, to fall victim of the French philosopher, Kandid, who once defined optimism as the madness of maintai-ning that everything is right when they are wrong.â€
â€œTo say that I see light at the end of the tunnel as it has to do with the constitutional amendment and electoral reform before the National Assembly just now, given the way the matter has started and given the controversies that have dogged these twin issues , I cannot say every thing is right when they are wrong.
â€œI do not see light at the end of the tunnel. That is why I have been at the vanguard of saying that one legacy that the National Assembly should leave behind just now, is the legacy of electoral reform and the legacy of constitutional amendment.
â€œIf we do not even accredit any thing to our credit, the wholesale implementation of the recommendations of Justice Uwais, with the electoral reforms, will be enough legacy to live behind but like we said, I do not think I share the optimism of some of my colleagues that this National Assembly will bring about that desire of electoral reform and constitutional amendment before the expiration of this Assembly.
â€œNot with what I am seeing right now and it is regrettable.â€