CONFAB UPDATE: DELEGATES DISAGREE ON VOTING PROCEDURE

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By Ayomide Oriade

Senator-Saidu-Dansadau-addressing-delegatesProceedings at the National Conference ended abruptly on Tuesday as delegates failed to reach a compromise on the voting procedure to be adopted. The southern delegates had suggested that a two-third majority be adopted which was opposed by the northern delegates who are in support of the three-quarter majority.

It was nearly a free-for all at the plenary. As the floor got heated by shouts and screams from delegates, Frank Nweke Jnr was on his feet throwing his fist towards another delegate headed for him.  It took the intervention of other delegates to restrain the two from closing the gap and punching each other.

Chairman of the conference, Mr. Idris Kutigi was however able to steer the proceedings off the cliff by adjourning the debate on the controversial voting rule. Instead of adjourning at 6 p.m. as agreed by the delegates, the Chairman was compelled to close sitting at 5:25 p.m. Plenary will resume on Wednesday.

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