South-East APC backs Igbo leaders on proposed National Conference

Osita Okechukwu

The APC said the conference was dead on arrival.

The South East zonal chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has joined other Igbo leaders to canvass a new constitution for Nigeria at the impending National Conference.

The party also backed the group for insisting that the outcome of the conference should be subjected to a referendum.

A group, Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought, recently insisted that the proposed national dialogue must produce a new constitution instead of further amending the 1999 Constitution as recommended by the Presidential Advisory Committee, PAC.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, the APC said it had always believed that the conference proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan was dead on arrival, diversionary “and therefore agrees with the Leaders of Thought that the outcome of the National Dialogue must be subjected to a referendum.”

The party argued that without a referendum, it would amount to a waste of time as the National Assembly and the state assemblies could easily legislate on the items.

APC said, “It has always been our position that if an amendment will be effective, our brothers, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, who preside over the two National Assembly committees on Constitutional Amendment, could have restructured Nigeria to true federalism.

“So, the Leaders of Thought deserve our commendation for insisting on a new constitution, to be subjected to a referendum for people’s approval.”

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