FRESH facts emerged at the weekend over the plan by the North to drag the leadership of the on- going National Conference, especially the Deputy Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, into the terms of agreement on power rotation among the six geo- political zones of the country. Akinyemi was accused of lobbying delegates, especially the northern ones, into laying into the resolution.
The document, claimed by some northern delegates as a new constitution, with alleged plans to be smuggled in through the backdoor by southern delegates with Akinyemi being the arrow head of the lobby, was discovered to be a working document to guide the conference, just as
it had inputs of all the zones.
Leaders of the zones who prepared the document under the aegis, Harmonisation Committee, are Chief Edwin Clark; Chief Olu Falae; Gen. Ike Nwachukwu; Prof. Jerry Gana; Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie; Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Chief Raymond Dokpesi, just as others like Prof. Awwalu Yadudu; Prof. Anya O. Anya; Senator Khairat Gwadabe; John Dara; Air Commodore Idongesit Nkaanga; Gen.Jonathan Temlong, among others attended the meetings where the document was produced with all zones in full support.
Meanwhile, northern delegates may have concluded moves to protest to Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi against the backdrop of what they termed unpalatable decisions arrived at on Thursday that favoured the South and the Middle Belt. The delegates have drawn the last battle line in a move that may make or mar successes recorded so far at the conference.
This is coming barely two weeks to the end of the National Conference, just as delegates from core northern states, North-East and North-West, with the exception of Christian minorities in th?e regions, have allegedly resorted to what could be termed blackmail, all designed to force the leadership to rescind resolutions that have been reached.
Delegates from the core northern states were already crying foul because they now appear to be in the minority and and their voices are drowning.
On Thursday, during discussions of the report