At its meeting of 17th February, 2016, the National Executive Committee of Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) had among other things, taken the decision to suspend the Rivers State Chapter for using the name of the Council to engage in partisan activities in the State.
This is a flagrant violation of the Political Parties Code of Conduct, 2013. The suspension will remain in place pending the outcome of an investigation into the activities of the Rivers State Chapter.
The National Executive Committee also condemned in the strongest terms the use of the Council’s name by the Rivers State Chapter to support one Political Party against another.
This is evident in several advertorials carried in various national newspapers by the Rivers State Chapter since the nullification of the Governorship and State Assembly elections by the Rivers State Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
IPAC is embarrassed that the Rivers State chapter has involved itself insulting the Nigerian judiciary and the Independent National Electoral Commission and dragging their reputation into the mud without any evidence or justification, whatsoever.
IPAC is not a campaign group or Opposition platform but an umbrella organization of all registered Political Parties in Nigeria.
The National Executive Committee has, in the past, had cause to warn the Rivers State Chapter to desist from using the name of the Council for conduct which continues to embarrass the Council and bring it to disrepute.
All registered Political Parties are members of IPAC and must be treated as such. Any group of Political Parties is free to be in an electoral alliance with a Party of their choice but must choose another name to support its preferred Party of candidate other than IPAC.
IPAC admonishes State Chapters of the Council to desist forthwith from using its name to support any political party or candidate as doing so is a flagrant violation of the Political Parties Code of Conduct and will attract sanction.
IPAC is an instrument for the promotion of understanding and the common cause of Nigeria’s political parties, not of division and partisanship.
It is therefore the duty of IPAC leaders at National and State levels to treat each member political party equally without discrimination.
All security agencies are by this notice, hereby advised.
Chief Sam O. Eke, Ph.D.
Secretary General, IPAC
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