Friday November 28th, 2014
Friday November 28th, 2014
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Confab: Our problem with‘new Constitution’, by Gov. Kwankwanso

  /   in Confab Debate 12:58 am   /   Comments

*Kwankwaso

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State insists a plan to extend the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan through the outcome of the National Conference is in the offing, but says it will not see the light of day. He also speaks, in this interview, on the plans of his party, the APC, for Nigeria in 2015

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Confab: Why we initially opposed final report — Professor Yadudu

  /   in Confab Debate 12:20 am   /   Comments

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Auwalu Yadudu is a constitutional lawyer, professor of law and teacher at Bayero University, Kano. He was a delegate representing North-west at the just concluded National Conference in Abuja. He served at the Deputy Chairman of the Conference Standing Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights and Law Reforms. In this interview, he explains why the north was initially opposed to the adoption of the final report of the conference

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Confab: The North’s opposition to ‘ new constitution’

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In the beginning was crisis. It then reached the climax in the course of time, threatening the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria. The North and the South became virulently divided, holding each other at an arm’s length. Eventually, a truce was brokered. But at the National Conference twilight, tenure elongation fear played out and again posed grave threat to an envisaged success. But, on Thursday, the devil was collectively thrown to the evil forest. This is an account of the valedictory session of the 2014 National Conference, convened on March 17, 2014, in which the 492 delegates adopted the final report of the exercise

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Confab: Northern delegates shamed doubting Thomases — Senator Idah

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From left, Engr. Maduka, former Minister of FCT Arc. Ibrahim Bunu, Chief Olu Falaye and former Senate President Adolphus Wabara  discussing at the National Conference in Abuja. 	Photo:Gbemiga Olamikan

Senator Ibrahim Idah, who represented Katsina Central at the Senate in 2007 to 2011, was the Principal Secretary to former National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. He is a delegate on the platform of Elder Statesmen category

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What we have is a new constitution — Col Nyiam

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*Col.Tony Nyiam

Obviously we went through that process where there was disagreement and it was healthy. For a long time in history we have been forced on ourselves. For the first time in history, we opened up and talked to ourselves. Apparently it looks as if we were divided, but we had a heart-to-heart talk and, at the end of the day, what is remarkable is that we ended up amicably. And we agreed that what we have is a unity in diversity, federalism and we must respect the differences we have. Again this wasn’t surprising because this was what Ahmadu Bello said years ago.

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Confab changes title of controversial draft constitution

  /   in Confab Debate 12:27 pm   /   Comments

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The National Conference leadership on Thursday adopted the change of its document titled “Draft Constitution 2014” to “Proposed Amendments to 1999 Constitution” following controversies it generated among Nigerians and delegates.

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Northern delegates didn’t oppose Jonathan’s 2015 election – Gen. Useni

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Jeremiah Useni

Former Federal Capital Territory Minister, Gen. Jeremiah Useni, yesterday, dismissed media reports claiming that northern delegates to the National Conference were opposed to the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

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Confab: Delegates adopt final report

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Confab members

IN spite of odds, delegates, yesterday, adopted the final report of the 2014 National Conference amid exchange of banters and pleasantries, thereby ending the five-month exercise on a positive note.

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Crisis looms as Confab plans to send bill for amendment of 1999 Constitution

  /   in Confab Debate 6:07 am   /   Comments

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AS delegates at the on going National Conference resumed plenary yesterday to debate on the final report of the Conference as produced by the Secretariat after one month of recess, strong indications have emerged that crisis looms as some northern delegates
may have concluded plans to frustrate moves to amend some sections of the 1999 Constitution.

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National confab adjourns till Wednesday

  /   in Confab Debate 4:06 pm   /   Comments

The National Conference resumed plenary session in Abuja on Monday and immediately adjourned till Wednesday, Aug. 13 to commence discussion on its final report.

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National Conference more credible than National Assembly— Edosomwan

  /   in Confab Debate, Politics 12:22 am   /   Comments

Charles Edosomwan

Nigeria cannot remain the same after the confab CHIEF Charles Edosomwan (SAN), a former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Edo State is a delegate to National Conference representing Edo State. In this interview, he reviews the deliberations of the conference and posits why Nigeria will be a better place if the outcomes of the conference are adopted

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Confab: Knotty national question back to sender!

  /   in Confab Debate 12:33 am   /   Comments

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They came, they debated, they disagreed. This was the situation at the 2014 National Conference which had 492 delegates in attendance. The intrigues and hiccups arguably made the conference seemingly deadlocked.

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44years after, Igbo demand N2.6trn reparation over civil war

  /   in Confab Debate 6:10 am   /   Comments

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FORTY- Four years after, the Civil War , Igbo delegates asked for N2. 6 trillion as reparation and compensation for the devastation Igbo land experienced during the 1967 to 1970 war.

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Labour delegate faults impasse on revenue formula

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A LABOUR delegate and Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Issa Aremu, has said the current impasse on revenue sharing formula is avoidable if patriotism replaces parochialism and unhealthy competition gives way to national solidarity and cooperation for development.

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There ‘ll be another National Conference — Nwoko

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A renowned legal practitioner, Barr Uwemedimo Nwoko in this interview speaks on the ongoing National Confab and why Jonathan should re-contest in 2015 among other issues.

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Derivation:North’s conspiracy versus South’s resistance

  /   in Confab Debate, News 12:34 am   /   Comments

UPROAR OVER Revenue formula: Delegates to the National Conference argue during debate on revenue sharing formula as the conference degenerated into a rowdy session, yesterday.

At its twilight, the 2014 National Conference in Abuja heads for the precipice. Read the account of a week long stalemated session on resource control and derivation principle.

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As confab ends: How Kutigi, Akinyemi handled the North/South divide

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Professor Bolaji Akinyemi and Justice Idris Kutigi

The National Conference, an assemblage of 492 Nigerians, after three months of its original time frame with additional one month, would round off in four days time having completed the main assignment of plenary, committee work and voting on the recommendations of the committees.

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NASS has no business making constitution — Ozekhome

  /   in Confab Debate 12:34 am   /   Comments

From left, Chief Raymod Dopkesi discussing with Chief Mrs. Sani Felicia on Monday  during Consideration of Devolution of Power Committee’s Report at National Confab in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Federal Government delegate stunned the conference when he stated that the National Assembly had no business with the enactment of constitutions.

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Land Use Act: Confab retains status quo

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From left, Chief Raymod Dopkesi discussing with Chief Mrs. Sani Felicia on Monday  during Consideration of Devolution of Power Committee’s Report at National Confab in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

AFTER weeks of controversies over whether or not the Land Use Act should be removed from the constitution, delegates yesterday resolved to retain the law after some amendments

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Delegates bicker over subjecting outcome to referendum

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Confab: From left, Mr Christian Udechukwu, Chief Dan Nwanyanu, Chief Victor Umeh and Senator Ike Nwachukwu discussing during National Conference in Abuja . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

DELEGATES disagreed sharply yesterday on how the outcome of the National Conference should be implemented. They bickered over whether or not their decisions should be sent to the National Assembly for consideration or subjected to the approval of Nigerians through a referendum.

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18 new States: 50 Osun Monarchs write Kutigi

  /   in Confab Debate 1:35 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

50 first class traditional rulers, leaders, stakeholders, elders from Osun State have written the Chairman, National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi and the leadership to demand the inclusion of Oduduwa State as an additional state to those to be created from the South West geo- political zone of the country.

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Derivation: Clark, Nwachukwu, Coomassie others in strategic meeting

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THE National Conference was forced to adjourn yesterday following a last minute effort by some elder statesmen among the delegates to forge a consensus on a benchmark for the payment of derivation to mineral producing areas of the country. The delegates drawn from across the six geopolitical zones it was gathered met from 9 p.m.

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Delegates’ stand on derivation

  /   in Confab Debate 8:35 pm   /   Comments

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Ahead of today’s debate on the recommendation for the retention of 13 per cent as the minimum derivation payable to mineral producing areas of the country, some delegates spoke to Vanguard on their position on the issue.

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Stormy session as Dambatta insults South East

  /   in Confab Debate 2:28 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the on-going national conference

THERE was a shouting session yesterday at the on – going National Conference following the use of foul language by a delegate from the North West geo- political zone on the South East zone.

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Cars to Govt. officials should be cut by 80% – Shown

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A delegate representing Plateau State at the on- going National Conference, Prof. Dakum Shown yesterday lampooned elected government officials over what he described as excessive use and abuse of official vehicles to the detriment of the people they were elected to serve.

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Uproar as delegate faults Northern census figures

  /   in Confab Debate 12:27 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

A delegate from the South South geo- political zone, Mr Chris Agbonmwanegbe yesterday faulted the census figure being showcased by states in the northern part of the country.

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Smuggled Constitution: Stormy session as Northern, Southern delegates split

  /   in Confab Debate 2:17 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

THE Andrews Otutu Obaseki hall, venue of plenary sessions of the on-going National Conference was, yesterday, thrown into a stormy one as there was a sharp split between northern and southern delegates over plans to force a new constitution through the back door.

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Sitting arrangement adjusted at Confab, Ozekhome gets Boko Harm threat

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MOVED by the issue of time frame, delegates at the on- going National Conference yesterday adjusted its sittings to, among others, allow Muslim delegates observe the Ramadan fast.

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Confab: Compensate my people, Bakassi,Ita-Giwa begs FG

  /   in Confab Debate 12:47 am   /   Comments

Florence Ita Giwa

Senator Florence Ita Giwa, a delegate at the ongoing National Conference and Chairman, Conference Committee on the Environment, has pleaded with the Federal Government to compensate her people.

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Anger as Kutigi unleashes DSS on Journalists

  /   in Confab Debate 1:00 am   /   Comments

*Harassed journalist

ANGER, despondency and frustration enveloped the Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki Hall, venue of plenary of the on- going National Conference, yesterday, when Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi ordered men of Department of State Service, DSS to walk out all Journalists covering the conference.

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Retired military men protest

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Retired Military men protesting at the Confab

IT was a sad day for retired military men under the aegis of Coalition of aggrieved Nigerian Military Veterans who made moves to storm the National Conference to drive home their predicaments but were stopped at the gate by men of the Department of State Service, DSS.

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15,316 Nigerians languish in foreign prisons

  /   in Confab Debate 12:03 am   /   Comments

Detainees in a holding cell at the prison

DELEGATES were told yesterday that 16, 300 Nigerians were as of 2012 languishing in prisons abroad with some of them on death row.

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