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Confab changes title of draft constitution

15 August 2014, 16:09

Abuja - 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.

This change was effected following a joint motion by Jerome Okwuonu, representing South East and Dr Peter Odili, former Governor of Rivers.

Before the new amendment, the document had generated so much controversies among delegates over its intention.

The duo, in the motion, had called on delegates to mandate the conference leadership to correct the final report as noted by delegates, having gone through the reports.

However, in an amendment to the motion, Adamu Waziri, representing elder statesmen, said there were “human errors” in the document.

“We like to suggest as a way forward that volume III should be re-titled to read Draft Resolutions or proposals to amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic 1999.”

Following the motion and the amendment, Conference Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi, put it to voice votes and the amendment was overwhelmingly supported by delegates.

The conference concluded its five-month old assignment after adopting its final report.

It was inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan in March to dialogue over matters of national importance and find ways of strengthening the unity of the country.

The delegates were appointed across the nation and comprised political, traditional leaders and civil society groups as well as professionals from various fields.



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