Afenifere chieftain, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, scolded northern leaders over their call for a fresh National Conference.
Some prominent northern leaders under the aegis of Northern Reawakening Forum, and headed by a former member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Kumalia, had called for a fresh conference, describing the last one as a Peoples Democratic Party affair.
However, Okunrounmu, who was the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference, told our correspondent during an interview that it was unfortunate that northern leaders could denigrate the conference.
Okunrounmu said the leader of the group, Kumalia, was a member of the committee on political reforms and wondered why he would utter such words.
He said, “Kumalia was a co-chairman of the National Conference Committee on Political Restructuring and Form of Government that deliberated on many of the political reforms. He and Gen. Ike Nwachwukwu were the co-chairmen and I was a member of the committee.
“He (Kumalia) signed the report of the committee. So, for him to be saying the conference was a Goodluck Jonathan agenda is very dishonest. To begin with Jonathan was very clear that he had no agenda when he inaugurated it.
“The conference determined its own agenda unlike other conferences. This is the first time that the government gave the delegates a free hand to determine its agenda and so on.
“So it is very dishonest of Kumalia to say the conference was a Jonathan agenda.”
Okunrounmu said he was not surprised that northern elements were launching a fresh offensive against the confab report.
The former lawmaker said some of the confab resolutions sought to reduce the “undeserved” privileges of the North and that was why it was being opposed.
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