By Dapo Akinrefon
A delegate to the ongoing National Conference, Otunba Gani Adams, has expressed optimism that the current efforts by the confab at making a new constitution for the country cannot be a waste, saying it was an impression created by the opposition.
Adams, while briefing newsmen in Lagos said “It is an impression created by the opposition, it is because the opposition plays politics with the issue, that was why we lost the interest of Lagos at the conference, that was the reason. I am sure there is no conference that is wasteful.”
Adams, who is also the national coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, argued that the ongoing conference cannot be a waste as others before it had not been.
“How can you be thinking that this kind of conference will be a waste or an exercise in futility with the caliber of people we have there?”, he queried.
He, however, argued that the various recommendations made by the conference, if finally accepted into the proposed new constitution, were capable of establishing a new Nigeria and one of the best if not the best in the world.
According him, the recommendations include the need to have State Police as a panacea to Boko Haram insurgency, the removal of immunity clause in order to minimise corruption in the country, independent candidature for purposes of election, need for every state to have its own Supreme Court, among others.
The OPC leader noted that the essential thing was that delegates at the National Conference, agreed on the need for more powers to be devolved to the state.
His words: “We have no fewer than 23 former governors, we have two former Senate presidents, we have one former Speaker and former deputy Speaker, 30 senators and more than 40 former members of House of Representatives.
“We have about 25 former ministers, about 15 retired Supreme Court justices, three retired Appeal Court judges. We have a lot of them, including professors, we have shakers and movers of the society, so how can you have such an impression, that the exercise will be in futility?
Speaking further, “I said that if the outcome of the conference is accepted, the issue of State Police will solve the problem of Boko Haram. Some of the states in the North can have Islamic state with the constitution if they want.”