The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the umbrella body of all the 91 registered political parties in Nigeria has distanced itself from an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday by its Lagos chapter Chairman, Shakirudeen Olofin, attacking political parties for their reactions to the recent appointment of Ms Amina Zakari as the head, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) committee on national collation centre.
In a swift reaction by the IPAC National Chairman, High Chief Peter Ameh, through the Council’s Media Committee Secretary, Akinloye Oyeniyi, the body condemned the said interview and the Lagos chairman for speaking on such sensitive national matter without recourse to the code of conduct of the body and the effect such could have on the sensibilities of member political parties.
“Just last week, we settled the issue of IPAC chapters dabbling into issues that will assault the sensibilities and well-being of all member political parties, when we got the allegation that our Ogun State Chapter adopted a governorship candidate of a particular member party, which the state chapter Chairman has since debunked. Now we are here again responding to another action which we have warned all chapters to desist from or get sanctioned.
“IPAC is not in any way part of that interview and not represented by that personal opinion of the Lagos Chairman; and will address this contravention of its ethics and code of conduct as soon as possible. The Council thereby again warned that we all should carry out our duties within the confines of IPAC’s Code of Conduct, desist from whatever would taint the image of the Council and stick to the mandate of IPAC being the only home of all political parties which are structures of recruitment of citizens into government and participation in governance.,; Oyeniyi said.