Okunrounmu knocks northern leaders seeking fresh confab
Afenifere chieftain, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, has berated
northern leaders calling 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.
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
was a Jonathan agenda.”
Okunrounmu said he was not surprised that northern
elements were launching a fresh offensive against the
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.