Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: CSOS Accuse Reps of Playing Governors Script

Civil society organisations under the auspices of Alliance for Credible Election (ACE), yesterday accused the House of Representatives of bowing to the will of the governors leading to the cancellation of public presentation of the constitutional review report.

Deputy General Secretary of ACE-Nigeria, Prince Asuzu Echezona, said in Abuja that what happened was a dance of conspiracy by Nigeria's ruining elites especially as represented by Nigerian Governors Forum to hijack, truncate and annihilate the sovereignty of Nigerians.

"It is very unfortunate that in this 21st century, we could still be witnessing the kind of scenes that unveiled yesterday (Wednesday) at the National Assembly. After keeping hundreds of Nigerians waiting for over two hours, the Speaker of the House of Representatives suddenly emerged and announced that the Public Presentation would no longer hold. He alluded to certain behind the scene developments which the House wants to sort out.

While saying that the report was authentic and a reflection of the wishes of Nigerians on constitution review, he said the report is also in agreement with the work of the Collation Committee as constituted by the House Leadership and that the Final Report as is merely an addendum to the 318 Federal Constituency Reports made available to the Collation Committee by the time it rounded off its work in December, 2012.

"Nigerians must take ownership of it and defend it. The Leadership of the House of Representatives must as a matter of National Urgency officially tell Nigerians the reasons why it cancelled the Public Presentation of the Report of the Peoples Session," he added.

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