…Electoral c’ttee declares election inconclusive
As the battle of 2019 draws near, leadership crisis currently rocks the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) like any other political body in the country.
This crisis has galvanised members of the committee that conducted the election which produced Peter Ameh as IPAC Chairman to declare the election inconclusive.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on Thursday at the party office, Samaila Safiwa, Secretary of IPAC National Election Committee alleged that, “in the process of the election we received the petition against the chairman of Electoral Committee which borders on conflict of interest”.
Safiwa stressed that, all efforts made by members of the committee that the chairman should step down for an unbiased person to be appointed to conduct the election failed.
According to Safiwa, “it was also discovered that the election was induced. Some members of the Electoral Committee and a larger number of delegates were heavily induced financially. As a result of this, the election was compromised, casting doubt on the credibility of the entire process.
“Financial inducement to influence the outcome of elections is in breach of section 94 sub section Vii (e) of IPAC code of conduct and section 124 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) which prevent political parties and their officers from engaging in vote buying, offering of bribe, gifts, reward, gratification or any monetary or material consideration or allurement to voters and electoral officials.
“Therefore, we the majority members of the electoral committee decided to suspend the continuation of the election, resulting in its inconclusiveness.
“We, members of the electoral committee of the 2018 IPAC National Executive Committee Election, hereby declare the election inconclusive,” the committee secretary stated.