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NIGERIA: Northern Delegates Will Not Boycott Conference

Delegates from the North at the National Conference under the aegis of Northern Delegates Forum have dismissed threat of walking out or boycotting the conference.
A traditional ruler, the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Aliyu Mustapha had threatened to boycott the conference during deliberations at the conference.
However, the spokesman of the Northern Delegates Forum, Ambassador Mamman Yusuf, in a telephone interview with THISDAY in Kaduna said northern delegates have resolved to fully participate in the conference.
He said the forum which is being co-chaired by the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie  and the Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum (MDF), Prof. Jerry Gana has never contemplated boycotting or walking out of the conference.
According to him, the Northern delegates forum has explicit confidence in their capacity to manage any     disagreement at the conference.
He declared that “at no time was the idea of walk out or boycott ever contemplated. But you cannot deny delegates the right to express whatever opinion they want to express.
“The northern delegates forum has resolved that it will fully participate in the conference, build a consensus within an agenda and abide by the general framework and the rules of the conference
“We have anchored our position on the need for extensive consultation and use the President’s speech as the road map in our deliberations. Where disagreement arises we will work hard to see that it is resolved in the wider national interest” he said.

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