IPAC Removes Secretary, Deputy, To Fill Vacant Positions Nov 19

IPACThe Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC has removed its Secretary, Mr Godson Okoye and Deputy Secretary, Mr Rasaq Eyiowuawi for violations of the Council’s Code of Conduct.

This was the outcome of the meeting of its General Assembly on November 11 and 12, 2015, according to a statement by IPAC Publicity Secretary, Ogbuehi Dike.

The meeting which had 21 political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in attendance, had received a report from a Committee set up earlier to determine cases of violations of Political Parties Code of Conduct 2013 brought by the Executive Committee against Mr Godson Okoye and Mr. Rasaq Eyiowuawi.

“A Committee set up by the General Assembly of IPAC and chaired by the National Chairman of Hope Democratic Party, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru had, after investigating the charges of misconduct against Messrs Okoye and Eyiowuawi, presented a report to the Council’s General Assembly on 12th November 2015 on violations of Articles 5 and 10 of the Political Parties Code of Conduct against the two national officers and recommended their removal.

“The two officers were invited to defend themselves but they declined, without giving reasons for doing so. In his reply to the invitation by the Chairman of the investigation committee, the Deputy Secretary wrote, ‘Don’t ever in your life send me these messages again’,” the statement read.

The IPAC also listed the parties that voted for the removal of the two national officers. They include Accord, Action Alliance, Advance Congress of Democrats, African Democratic Congress, Alliance for Democracy, African Political Alliance, All Progressive Congress, Citizen Popular Party, Democratic Peoples Party and Fresh Democratic Party.

Others are Hope Democratic Party, Independent Democrats, KOWA Party, Mega Progressive Peoples Party, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Peoples Democratic Movement, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Social Democratic Party, Unity Party of Nigeria and United Peoples Party.

The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, has also set up an Election Committee to conduct a by-election into the vacant positions of Secretary and Deputy Secretary. The Election Committee, which has three members, is chaired by the National Chairman of United Peoples Party, Chekwas Okorie, with the National Chairman of DPP, Mr Benson Gashon, as Member and National Secretary of UPN, Abubakar Sokoto, as Secretary.

The IPAC Election Committee has requested political parties interested in contesting any of the two positions to send in their nomination on or before Wednesday, November 18, 2015. INEC is required to supervise elections into the IPAC Executive Committee.

IPAC had conducted an election into its Executive Committee on July 24, 2015 in which the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Movement, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim emerged as Chairman of the Council to defeat his opponent Mr Peter Ameh of Progressive Peoples Alliance.

Mr. Ameh had since approached the Abuja Federal High Court to challenge the election.

The Political Parties Code of Conduct 2013 was written and adopted by Nigeria’s registered political parties on July 16, 2013 to regulate their conduct. It also doubles as the governing regulation of the Inter-Party Advisory Council.

Ijaw\Northern Youth Sign Non-Violent Elections Pact

Youths from both Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria have come together to promote and support the non-violent election campaign ahead of the February General Eelections in the Country.

The youths comprising of Northern Ethnic Youth Groups Assembly and the Ijaw Youth Council, gathered in Keffi, Nasarawa State, to raise awareness among Nigerians about the need to shun violence before, during and after the elections.

The President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri and Convener of the Northern Ethnic Youth Groups Assembly, Usman Okai, both agreed on the need to avoid inflammatory comments following threat by some Niger Delta Leaders on the election outcome.

Other Youth Groups present at the peace meeting include the Ohaneze Youth Wing, Miyetti Allah, Eggon Youth Movement, Idoma and Hausa Elite Clubs, to endorse a common front of a peaceful post election era for Nigeria.

The presidential candidates of all the political parties in Nigeria had earlier in the year signed an accord to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the February 14 elections.

The signing ceremony took place in Abuja during a sensitisation workshop on non-violence elections.

It had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Oluremi Sonaiya of the KOWA Party amongst others.

The accord also stipulates that the institutions engaged in the conduct of the February elections must be seen to be impartial throughout the conduct of the elections.

In his speech at the opening of the workshop, President Jonathan identified what he called ‘threats and provocative statements’ by the leaders of political parties, as some of the reasons the followers take to violence during and after elections and warned that Nigerians,expecially the youth, should shun politics of bitterness.

2015: Kwara Governorship Candidates Sign Peace Accord

NIGERIA-VOTE-UNREST-NORTHAs part of efforts to ensure peaceful conduct before, during and after the next month gubernatorial election in Kwara State, the gubernatorial candidates in the state have signed a peace accord to ensure peaceful atmosphere.

The Peace Accord signed by 13gubernatorial candidates and their party chairmen was midwifed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state and the participants promised to abide by the rules and regulations.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo, urged the gubernatorial candidates to ensure the compliance with the rules likening the game of politics to football and charged them to be fully prepared assuring of readiness of INEC to be free and fair to all.

Some of the gubernatorial candidates and their party chairmen lauded the initiative of INEC and assured of their determination to ensure peaceful conduct of the the polls.

The gubernatorial candidate of APC who is also the incumbent governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and the candidate of PDP, Senator Simeon Sule Ajibola, bore their mind on the peace accord which they commended.

The presidential candidates of all the political parties in Nigeria had signed an accord to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the February 14 elections.

The signing ceremony took place in Abuja on January 14 during a sensitisation workshop on non-violence elections.

It had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Oluremi Sonaiya of the KOWA Party amongst others.

 

Ordinary Citiziens Like Me Can Be President Too – Sonaiya

Remi SonaiyaPresidential aspirant, Professor Remi Sonaiya, has expressed her wish to change the face of politics in Nigeria, by becoming President of Nigeria, with no help from any god-father, with no millions of Naira to waste on campaigns and with a party like KOWA.

The party which was registered in 2009 by “people who thought we needed to do something to reclaim politics; to reclaim the impression that people have of politics, as being a domain where merit, competence, integrity and all positive values which has been lacking”, Sonaiya disclosed.

She joined in 2010, after which she got elected as the National PRO of the party and decided to contest in the forthcoming Presidential elections to prove that an ordinary citizen, without political godfathers, amassed wealth, can run the affairs of the nation.

“I have a stake in Nigeria. I am qualified to run for the presidency of Nigeria” she said, while discussing the forthcoming elections on Sunrise Daily.

“Like what Barack Obama said, he thought there was a skinny little black boy who thought that America had room for him. Well, this not so skinny woman thinks that Nigeria has a place for her, at the leadership level also.”

Asked why she did not join one of the two major political parties, to increase the chances of her message being heard, Sonaiya noted that she cannot function within the framework the two major parties are operating.

She further cited lack of internal democracy, godfatherism as some of the issues she could deal with as she preferred to express herself as plainly as possible without being at loggerheads with other politicians.

On raising funds for campaigns, Sonaiya kicked against the culture of spending millions of money, which could be channeled into developmental projects, into campaigns and noted that she was considering other forms of media exposure, particularly – new media.