IPAC Election:Two Factions Lay Claim To Leadership

IPAC-Card-ReaderA deep gulf has emerged within the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), with two factions laying claim to the leadership of the body.

The Chairman of one of the factions, Bashir Ibrahim was inaugurated by the Acting National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amina Zakari.

However, the outgoing National Secretary of the body, Mr Peter Ameh, claimed he was elected at another election held on Tuesday, August 25.

Mrs Zakari said the election followed due process, hence the inauguration of the executives led by Mr Ibrahim.

But Mr Ameh explained that the previous election was disputed and claimed he won the election conducted on Tuesday.

Prominent Nigerians Task Politicians, Supporters To Accept Election Outcome

ElectionAhead of the announcement of the Presidential elections result by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some prominent Nigerians have appealed to politicians and their supporters to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith for national peace.

In an interview with Channels Television, the Director of the National Interfaith Prayer Centre in Abuja, Leonard Bature, said that the election was peaceful and asked politicians to accept the results in good faith.

“My advice is that Nigerians should be patient and wait for INEC to make a final announcement. Whatever the outcome, we in the interfaith community believe that only God gives power.”

Mr. Bature also urged Nigerian youths not to allow politicians use them for violence after the results are announced.

“These politicians, their children are in London, America and Germany. They will not bring their children to come and fight but they will use our youths. Nigerian youths, don’t allow yourself to be used,” he warned.

The Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, Mr Yunusa Tanko, also commended the patriotism of voters during the polls as he believes that the election was peaceful.

“At this rate Nigerians have shown that they are not interested in violence. All they want is for their votes to count,” he said.

Mr Tanko was, however, dissatisfied with the performance of the card readers during the Saturday polls.

INEC is yet to announce the results of the elections as collations and counting is still ongoing across the country.

17 Political Parties In Kogi State Sign Peace Accord

kogi state17 political parties have signed peace accord in Kogi State ahead of the forth coming general elections across the nation and in the bid to ensure violence free and credible election in the State.

The peace pact which, was organized by the State chapter of the Inter Party Accord Committee (IPAC), in collaboration with the Kogi State Police Command was to ensure a hitch free elections in Kogi State.

The State Chairman of the Inter Security Agencies and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi explained the essence of the gathering, as he warned those planning to subvert the electoral process in the State to favour them to desist from it in there own interest.

Speaking also at the occasion was the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Kogi State, Hussain Halilu Pai, who assured the political parties that the electoral umpire was ready to conduct a credible election.

According to him, the introduction of Smart Card Readers (SCR) and Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) is an improvement on the 2011 election.

The Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory, Hon. Ibrahim Itodo also admonished political parties representatives.

Military Recovers More Territories In North East

The National Information Centre (NIC) saidmilitary the Nigerian Army has reclaimed more territories from the insurgents in the ongoing counter terrorism in the north east.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Director General of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said the Army is now in full control of these recovered territories in Borno and Adamawa states.

Over ten communities are said to have been recovered by the military including Mubi, Gamboru-Ngala, Hong, Monguno, Baga and Gombi.

Mr Omeri, however raised an alarm over what he described as ”continuous radicalization” and recruitment of Nigerian youths abroad into terrorist organisations.

In recent times, the military had said that it has recovered various territories that was taken by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Maj General Olukolade, the spokesman for the military had said that truck loads of rice, beans and other logistics meant for the terrorists operating around Baga were also captured.

He also said that the air and land operations had continued, with aggressive advance towards other designated communities and locations meant to be cleared in the ongoing offensive against the Boko Haram members.

APC Demands Arrest Of IPAC Leadership In Borno

APC-LogoBorno state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the arrest and prosecution of the leadership of the Borno State chapter of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), demanding for an Interim Government in Borno State.

The state chairman of the APC, Ali Bukar Dalori said in a statement issued on Thursday, that “the 23 parties were acting the script of a former Governor of the state who is desperate to takeover power at all cost, even if it means sending the state into extinction.

“We strongly believe that the call by the 23 parties for elections in Borno to be shifted till September, 2015 and for Interim Government be put in place by May 29, 2015, is in furtherance of a blind desire to implement an agenda of a PDP that is aligned to an Ex-Governor of Borno, who is hell bent on ensuring elections do not hold in Borno State by hook or crook, due to his fear of massive defeat for his anointed candidates, given the evident popularity of the APC in the state.

“However, we are also excited by their calls for postponement because in politics, calls for postponement of election is conceding defeat because only those who see defeat coming their way, try to avoid elections,” he noted in the statement.

The demand came after the Borno State chapter of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to “postpone and extend” the forthcoming general elections to September 26, 2015 in the state, because of “seven unresolved issues and insecurity that would no doubt affect free, fair and credible elections in the state”.

The shift, according to IPAC would enable INEC resolve the problems related to distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), personal insecurity of opposition party officials, smart card readers, vandalisation of party facilities, indecent activities of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), as well as persistent activities of thugs in Maiduguri Metropolis.

Addressing a news conference at its Baga Road secretariat complex, Chairman of IPAC, Comrade Babagana K. Musa, expressed fear that because of the seven unresolved election issues in the state, the National Assembly has to pass a resolution for INEC to shift the polls in the state by six months.

“Let me be very clear on these unresolved issues in our dear state before all of you here today. As I have listed the critical and serious problems on conducting elections in Borno, things are not well at all.

“The environment, particularly the activities of political thugs and some members of CJTF in Maiduguri, are however not conducive for INEC to conduct elections on March 28, and April 11, 2015 without shifting it by six months.”, Musa said.

The shift, according to him would enable the listed problems to be amicably resolved by INEC and security agencies without resorting to massive “violence and intimidations” that may cause the loss of many lives and property in the state.

On the six-month extension of polls, Musa said; “The National Assembly will set in motion for a resolution to constitute a ‘Government of State Unity’ on May 29, 2015; and at the expiration of the incumbent administration, the good people of Borno will have a sense of belonging.

“We are also calling on the Chiefs of security agencies in the state; to ensure within the six-month election extension period, a safe and conducive environment for all political parties to thrive and fully participate in the elections, slated for September 26, 2015,” Musa said.

President Goodluck Jonathan had assured Nigerians that he has no intention of heading an interim administration, insisting that “insinuations about a plan for an interim government is tantamount to treason”, stressing that there was no such provision in the Nigerian constitution.

The President made these remarks while addressing Catholic Bishops during a church service to mark the beginning of the 2015 Catholic Bishop’s Conference in Abuja.


INEC Ready For Election In Akwa Ibom

inec-4The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akwa Ibom State in southern Nigeria, says it is ready for the February polls in the state.

Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Austin Eni Okojie, gave the assurance in Uyo on Friday, when he met with members of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Akwa Ibom State Chapter.

Mr Okojie said, the Commission had already received some non-sensitive materials. According to him, items already received included ballot boxes, live vests, card readers and more Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).

He solicited the support of political parties in encouraging the electorate to come out and collect their PVCs in other to vote for candidates of their choice.

The REC also appealed to Political Parties, the Electorate, Security Agencies, Traditional Rulers and Religious Leaders to create a conducive environment for violence-free elections.

The Akwa Ibom State Chairman of IPAC, Mr Paul Ekpo, said the body was formed to promote inter-party relations to ensure credible and violence-free elections.

Mr Ekpo, who is also the Akwa Ibom state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), expressed the body’s desire to partner with the INEC and assured residents of the state of its cooperation with the electoral body to develop Nigeria’s political culture.

Representatives of about 12 political parties were also present at the event.

Group Asks INEC To Send Card Readers To Polling Units Early

Card_Reader_For_Election-in-Nigeria2The national chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dr Yunusa Tanko, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide card readers to all polling units before the February polls.

At a press conference in Abuja on Saturday Mr Tanko said that the provision of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) and card readers would prevent fraud and encourage voters to participate in the elections.

He also encourage INEC to do all it could to enable Internally Displaced Persons vote during the polls.

“No PVC, no election. No card reader, no election. This is the crux of the matter of our agreement in the last meeting we held with the INEC.

Yinusa Tanko told reporters that the PVC and the card reader were crucial for the election

“The Inter-Party Advisory Council, a conglomerate of all political parties in Nigeria is saying that the time for rigging is over,” he said.

It is less than 35 days to the general elections that Nigerians have been looking forward to.

The group gathered to educate the masses on elections ethics. The members marched round Abuja, distributing elections code of conduct produced by the INEC to citizens.

During the press briefing, which was held before the march, the council spoke on the need for the electoral commission to ensure that the card readers would be enough during the polls.

The Head of ICT with the INEC, Mr Chidi Nwanfor, had in an earlier forum with civil society organisations promised the possibility of using a card reader technology during the February polls.

“As we talk now, if  you go to our stores you will find these card readers there, waiting to be used for the elections,” he said.

The INEC had insisted that voters without the PVC would not be allowed to vote.

Already, politicians have begun intensive campaign around Nigeria, seeking voters support in the election that will hold in February to determine who manages Nigeria’s affairs in the next four years.

INEC Urges Parties To Educate Poll Agents Ahead Of 2015 Election

PVC DistributionThe Independent National Electoral Commission has urged political parties in Nigeria to educate their election monitoring agents on current electoral practices to ensure credible polls in 2015.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, told journalists at a training session for party agents that agents who are informed about electoral process help authenticate the outcome of elections.

Speaking to Channels Television afterwards, Professor Jega said; “For party agents to be able to discharge these responsibilities, they need to be properly and adequately trained and as INEC we believe that our vision will be to train master trainers for political parties so that they can go back and train and have very credible agents who are knowledgeable about the electoral process and who would be able to play a good role for the parties they represent.”

This submission was shared by the Electoral Institute and the Inter-Party Advisory Council who noted that party agents in Nigeria were yet to understand their statutory roles during elections.

The Director-General of the Electoral Institute, Abubakar Momoh, said; “Our little knowledge and the short political history of the country show that some of these party agents do not seem to understand their statutory role and ethical best practices in term of what is expected of them when they go to polling units.

“What we are trying to do in INEC is to go to this 3-day training to equip them and introduce the various technical issues involved with being a party agent at a polling unit.”

The Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yunusa Tanko, added that it was one of the major factors needed towards achieving credible elections.

“The agent has a very serious, important and critical role to play in electioneering. Once he has the right materials and the training, he will give paid to the election that has taken place, thereby knowing exactly what the procedures are,” he said.

National Dialogue: IPAC Condemns Exclusion Of Political Parties

The Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, has described the composition, structure and membership of the planned National Dialogue, as recommended by the Presidential Advisory Committee as lopsided.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Chairman of the council, Mr. Yunusa Tanko, said that the exclusion of political parties from the dialogue is an aberration that should not be allowed to stand.

“The political parties are going to talk about how they feel the country should be governed, especially as it concerns their own political agenda, but by the time you alienate them out of that particular process, you make a decision without their own input, they will only come and juxtapose whatever position you must have taken”, he said.

He added that political parties are the major drivers and custodians of any democratic process and should therefore be part of the process of a National Dialogue.

“When right from the beginning they are part of the agreement, and they sign to that particular document, it makes it more binding on Nigerians and those who are intended to execute the document”, he concluded.