Nigerians ‘ve lost confidence in INEC – Abia IPAC
* Set to unveil 25-yr dev blue-print for Abia
By Steve Oko
The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Abia State chapter has said that the public had lost confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC due to obvious flaws and compromises in conduct of elections in the recent times.
New Chairman of IPAC in the state, Mr. Ceekay Igara who stated this at a press conference in Umuahia while unveiling other members of the new exco, regretted that INEC had fallen short of the expectations of Nigerias vis-a-vis recent elections.
The State Chairman of Labour party attributed the low turn out of voters in the state during the last elections to fast dwindling public confidence in INEC.
” People no longer trust the system. In the last elections there were areas result sheets didn’t get to, and there were areas they used photocopies of result sheets.
” The INEC we have today is not the INEC IPAC can work with”, he said.
IPAC appealed to INEC to purge itself to regain public confidence in subsequent elections in the country.
Igara however, said that the new leadership of IPAC in the state would explore ways to sensitise and mobilise voters in the state to actively participate in the political process.
The new IPAC boss also promised that the body, as a key stakeholder in the political process of the state, would continue to engage the government in power on the right policies and programmes for good governance.
He disclosed that the state IPAC had already generated a 25-year development blue print which it intends to sell to the state government for implementation.
Igara said the new IPAC leadership in the state would rather engage and offer advice to government instead of resorting to unnecessary confrontation.
“Our work as advisory committee is to offer useful advice to government. If we want to fight government we will go back to our various party platforms but the truth is that if we continue to fight government it is our people that will suffer because government will still use the money meant for development to fight back “.
Responding to a question on his assessment of the Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu led -administration in the state, the IPAC boss said significant efforts were being made to address key challenges of the state.
” I took time to go round most of the roads in Aba and discovered drainage is the major problem we have but this government is fixing it.
“In the rural areas, many roads are yet to be done but I have engaged the Governor who told me a lot of funds had been received for them.
“The governor told me he was waiting for dry season to set in. And I want to hold him by his words.”
Igara further disclosed that IPAC under his watch would embark on sensitisation of party chairmen and leaderships in the state on what their role should be to enhance good governance in the state.
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