By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has said that the maturity with which President Mohammadu Buhari handled the Anambra state governorship election has indicated that the president is not desperate to retain power at all cost in the 2019 election.
In a statement issued by the National Chairman of IPAC, Mohammad Lawal Nalado, the umbrella body of all political parties said it mobilized its members and political leaders in the country to Anambra where they all campaigned for a peaceful election which he said yielded positive results.
He said that IPAC has been visible in state governorship elections held across the country, including Edo, Ondo, Rivers and Anambra, where they had embarked on roadshow to caution politicians against playing against the rules and the need to ensure that Nigerian democracy is sustained on the part of growth.
As he commended the leaders of political parties for being supportive of the IPAC in their efforts to ensure peace in election, Nalado also extolled the Governor elect of Anambra for allowing even participation by all the political parties, cautioning other governors to follow his footsteps.
Nalado, who is also the national chairman of Accord Party (AP), particularly commended President Mohammadu Buhari for suppressing the political muscle of the federal government to avoid winning at all cost for APC in Anambra state.
He described the outcome of Anambra governorship election as a manifestation of a kept promise by President Mohammadu Buhari, who had said his government will not relent in improving credibility, freeness and fairness of elections ahead of the 2019 general election.
Speaking further, the IPAC boss urged the state governors to borrow a leaf from President Mohammadu Buhari, by allowing other opposition parties to win elective positions in the local government elections which they superintend in their respective states, arguing this is the only way to ensure entrenchment of democracy and divergent views at the grassroots.
In the same vein, IPAC also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for ensuring a successful outing in the Anambra election, pointing out that this has made Nigerians and political stakeholders to have confidence on the commission ahead of the 2019 election.
The IPAC boss, who observed that since IPAC became practically involved in political enlightenment and general affairs of the country, there is a drastic reduction in the political crisis bedeviling the county.
Meanwhile, the IPAC has commiserated with the government and people of Anambra state over the demise of the first elected Vice President of Nigeria, Alex Ifanyichukwu Ekwueme, who died after a brief illness in London.
In the condolence message to the family of Ekwueme, IPAC described him a worthy politician who made immense contribution in laying the foundation of democracy being enjoyed in Nigeria today.
The body said that Ekwueme would be remembered for his commitment to the unity of Nigeria and protection of the country’s democracy.