Enahoro groups start confab

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Guardian, January 15, 2005

 

 


Soyinka: We’ll Return Power To The People

 

  • PRONACO Urges National Confab
    Boycott,Bode George Disagrees

  • Yoruba Elders Raise Panel
     

    BY CLIFFORD
    NDUJIHE, KUFRE OKON (LAGOS) AND SAXONE AHAINE (KADUNA)

     


    P
    ROPONENTS of the Sovereign National Conference (SNC)
    ended their two-day meeting in Lagos yesterday, with a call on true democrats
    to boycott the Federal Government’s Political Reforms National Conference.

     

    Led by
    elderstatesman Chief Anthony Enahoro and Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate,
    the participants under the umbrella of Pro-National Conference Organizations (PRONACO),
    argued that the government’s “teleguided conference” would not guarantee a
    “people constitution”.

     

    Similarly, the
    Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Alhaji
    Balarabe Musa, believes that President Olusegun Obasanjo wants to use the
    conference to test his popularity.

     

    Musa also
    claimed that the president was turning Nigeria into a fascist and a one-party
    state to perpetuate himself in power in 2007.

     

    But some Yoruba
    elders who met in Lagos yesterday to deliberate on the guidelines for the
    National Dialogue, raised a committee to harmonise the position of the region
    on burning national issues.

     

    The Pre-SNC
    forum was addressed by Soyinka , Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti and Chief Emakpor
    Ajise.They called on Dr. Abel Ibude Guobadia, the Chairman of the Independent
    National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his team to resign to pave way for
    genuine electoral reforms.

     

     

    The leaders said
    they were not afraid of the government moving against them, declaring that
    they would embark on intense mobilisation of the grassroots to partake in
    their SNC and thereafter defend the document, which they said would form the
    basis for the 2007 elections.

     

    Soyinka said:
    “We are mobilising all Nigerians so that they can see this conference as their
    own and they will rise up and defend it in such a way that, without carrying
    guns, they will overwhelm whatever disruptive actions the government might
    wish to take. So hopefully, the people themselves will defend this conference.

     

    Soyinka insisted
    that the political reforms conference was “coupled together very fast to
    pre-empt the Peoples National Conference,” adding that there was no guarantee
    that the President would nominate those who are not loyal to him.

     

    He continued
    “One of the provisions of the recommendations is that there should be no
    elected member all the way from the governorship, legislators and even
    grassroots local governments. On the face of it, you might say that this is a
    positive thing, that an attempt is being made to include those who do not have
    an electoral price at stake.

     

     

     

    The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, Chief
    Olabode George, however urged PRONACO to join the government-sponsored
    “national dialogue.”
     

    George said that
    without being at the conference, the leaders would not be able to contribute
    their fine ideas to the betterment of Nigeria.

     

    He recalled that
    the agitation for national conference had been on for a long time, saying that
    it was said that those who had been at the forefront of the agitation were now
    calling for a boycott of the exercise when the government had yielded to their
    demand.

     

    George dismissed
    as rantings of idle minds comments that the political reforms confab was meant
    to guarantee a third term of five years for President Obasanjo. He assured
    that President Obasanjo would leave office on May 29, 2007.

     

    George spoke to
    The Guardian at the Lagos Airport Hotel after attending a meeting of Yoruba
    leaders and traditional rulers on the proposed national dialogue.

     

    He justified the
    guidelines for the conference and modalities for nomination of members by the
    President and governors because “they wee duly elected. Going for an election
    would take time.”
     

    The Yoruba
    elders’ meeting was called by the Ooni of Ife and other traditional rulers in
    the South West. It was attended by leaders of the Afenifere Yoruba Council of
    Elders (YCE) and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).

     

    Chaired by the
    Owa of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, the meeting also had in attendance
    former External Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, Gen Adeyinka Adebayo
    (rtd) Gen Alani Akinrinade (rtd), Senator Femi Okurounmu, Chief Supo Shonibare,
    Olu Falae and Ayo Adebanjo.

     

    There were also
    Alhaji Ahmed Kusamotu, Lateef Jakande, Olabode George, Olabiyi Durojaiye, Dr.
    Yemi Farounbi, Kunle Olajide, Richard Akinjide, Tunji Otegbeye, Admiral Akin
    Aduwo (rtd), and Prof Olu Aina.

     

    Balaraba Musa
    told The Guardian in Kaduna yesterday that the opposition would continue to
    resist attempt by the president to turn the nation into a one-party state and
    also boycott the National dialogue.

     

    Musa said ,
    “this is not the sovereign National conference (SNC) based on democratic
    election for a united and democratic Federal Republic of Nigeria that we
    demand.

     

 

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