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Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2020

Two IPAC factions lay claim to Council leadership

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  • Interim Mgt C’ttee not dissolved – Spokesman

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

With twists of events following the recent decision of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister about seventy four political parties, there exists currently two leadership of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC).
One of the leadership, which is substantive was elected in September 2018, led by Peter Ameh, while the other faction led by Leonard Ezenwa, is an interim group elected shortly after INEC deregistration of parties, which affected all the leadership of IPAC elected in September 2018.
At the moment, both the interim and substantive leadership still lay claim to the leadership of the council, giving discordant tunes in the activities of the umbrella body of political parties.
Speaking on what will be the fate of the interim management committee of IPAC in view of the High Court Order barring INEC from deregistering political parties, the national publicity secretary of the interim management committed of IPAC, Major Agbo, said the interim leadership of the Council will remain intact.
He said the essence is to bridge the gap between IPAC and INEC until the commission obeys the High Court order directing that the 74 deregistered political parties should be readmitted.
Speaking exclusively to Peoples Daily on phone, Agbo who is the chairman of New Nigeria Political Parties (NNPP), said the idea of setting up the interim IPAC leadership was to ensure that there is no vacuum as nature abhors it.
According to him, the eighteen political parties who scaled through the INEC huddles are not against the move by the affected parties to exercise their fundamental rights in court to upturn their deregistration by INEC, but only wanted to avoid a situation where there will be no leadership in place.
Speaking further, the interim IPAC spokesman explained that there are different interpretations and comments to the High Court order, pointing out that while the parties deregistered claim that the suit challenging their sack was already filed before the commission sacked them, INEC is claiming that the Court Order is belated as it has already taken the decision to sack the parties before the High Court order.
To this end, he said the interim IPAC leadership will not dissolve itself pending when there is a clearly defined status for the parties, which he explained, will be determined when the commission eventually readmits the seventy four delisted political parties.
Speaking also, the leader of IPAC before the seventy four political parties were sacked by INEC, Peter Ameh, who is the chairman of Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), said INEC does not have choice than to obey the court order.
According to Ameh, if the commission choose to disobey the High Court order, it implies that it is hearing to create constitutional crisis in the country by shorting the governorship candidates of their respective parties in Edo, Ondo and Anambra governorship elections.
He added that with the High Court order, the commission should simply obey and maintain the statuesque, with regards to the IPAC leadership.

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