Presenting its position to the Senator Betty Apiafi-chaired Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, the organization demanded a new constitution for Nigeria and insisted restructuring will pave the way for economic and political autonomy for the Niger Delta.
These include the Police, arms and ammunition, mines and minerals, and ports.
The NDC proposed a return to the derivation formula as proposed by Hicks — Philipson Commission Report (1951).
The NDC said it noticed the “glaring unseriousness of the committee from the conduct of the committee members”.
“We would like to categorically state that the NDC is against the 1999 Nigerian constitution as amended and calls for a brand new constitution.
“We would also like to state that the fate of the Niger Delta is not dependent on the actions or inaction of the committee, but in our hands as a people.