Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Anambra 2017: IPAC advices INEC not to employ Ad-Hoc staff

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC), Anambra State chapter has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against employing the services of ad-hoc staff while conducting the fast approaching state November 18 gubernatorial poll.

According to IPAC, there was fear that using ad-hoc staff could mar the entire electoral processes following their inabilities to effectively handle voting materials and other facilities, even as some moneybag politicians may easily induce them to support electoral malpractices.

Anambra State Chairman of the group, Prince Bartho Igwedibia, who made the call in Awka after emerging the state IPAC chairman for second term, rather charged the electoral umpire to engage the services of their colleagues from other states of the federation in handling the forthcoming gubernatorial poll.

Igwedibia also enjoined the INEC to quickly convey a town hall meeting to inform the stakeholders and masses the level of their preparedness to conduct free and fair credible poll.

While refuting the rumour that Anambra State government sponsored his re-election as IPAC Anambra State Chairman, Igwedibia, who is also the State Chairman of Accord Party, assured the governorship candidates of various political parties of their resolve to conduct an unbiased governorship debate prior to the election with a view to present the best candidate to the electorate.

news8hrs.com reports that other 34 political parties participated on the IPAC state election held at Anambra state INEC headquarters in Awka with Accord Party taking Chairmanship seat unopposed, while Ikechukwu Nweke of SDP won State Secretary, ADC party Chairman clinched Financial Secretary, UDP Deputy Secretary, Publicity Secretary goes to NDLP, as AA party Chairman won Treasurer.

However, a Financial Secretary contestant at the State IPAC election, Comrade Mathias Ameke, who doubles as the State Chairman, Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), while admitting that the election was transparent, posited that the outcome indicates that Anambra state chapter of IPAC was built to remain ineffective.

“What I got was ambushed votes. This is called victory by subterfuge. I was informed about the election at 5.30 a.m. same day of the election. I can tell you that the outcome of the event was preplanned. But I am happy that I came and participated in the election. The only ways Nigeria can move forward is by giving everyone equal opportunity to participate in every election” Ameke added. 



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