IPAC Promises To Work With INEC For Success Of 2019 Elections
Newly elected Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council, Peter Ameh, said his goal is to make the council truly independent of INEC and any government in power.
“So, I will go there and answer the call of the Nigeria Police as law-abiding citizen of this country, and I will tender my case effectively and see how it goes. If the case is not politically motivated and they get my statement, I will be out as soon as possible.
“My interaction with police and how civil they will be would determine what the police are pursuing-whether they are genuinely pursuing a case or they are pursuing me because an election has been won and lost,” he stated.
With less than six months to the general election, the new leadership also underscores the need for a united body and promises to calm all nerves in the aftermath of the election that brought him to power.
“There are more than three lawyers in this current executive committee of IPAC. This team was strategically selected because we need the experience of legal luminary who will be able to benefit us on issues like vote buying. So, the executive was specifically selected to function in a way that the laws of the land permit us to work for the benefit of Nigeria people.
“We are going to have a legal group with the IPAC to create what INEC will see as the way to solve this menace of vote buying.”
Also, the spokesman of Coalition of United Political Party (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the leadership of IPAC would ensure that enabling environment is created as 2019 general election approaches.
He noted that “the first task for us is to see that the amended electoral act is signed into law. It has been going back and forth between the presidency and the parliament.
“The leadership of IPAC has already secured a meeting with the Senate president to prevail on him and other parliamentarians to remove all the grey areas that the president have raised and send a clean version back, so that the he can sign it into law, because the Electoral Act holds the key to solving some of our electoral problems.”
Ameh also pledged the support of the council for INEC in the fight against vote buying and the yet to be signed Amendment to the Electoral Act
As the Executive team settles down to work, some members speak on their expectations. The nine-man team is to steer the ship of the Council for the next twelve months.