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Crisis hits IPAC over alleged tenure extension plot of Yabagi-led executive

The General Assembly of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) ended in a stalemate on Tuesday over an alleged attempt by the Chairman, Mr Sani Yabagi to extend the tenure of the executives.

IPAC National Secretary, Malam Yusuf Dantalle, told newsmen shortly after the meeting at the IPAC secretariat in Abuja that the meeting ended abruptly following Yabagi unsuccessful attempts to extend the two-year tenure of the executives.

“I am the national secretary of this council. There is no resolution at today’s meeting. Our tenure expires at midnight today, and he wanted to extend our tenure through the back door, and we said no, we want an election to hold.

“If we are talking about democracy, and we are the umbrella body of all political polities in Nigeria we have to do what is right.

“I am the national secretary and I ceased to be the national secretary from this midnight. We said we don’t want tenure elongation.

“This is the first time IPAC is having a two-year tenure, they want to extend my tenure and I don’t want that extension. I want the right thing to be done, we have dragged this election time-table one, two, three times,” Dantalle said.

Mr Bishop Amakiri, the National Chairman, the Young Progressives Party (YPP), supported Dantalle’s claim, saying that the election must be held in the shortest possible time to elect new executives.

“We want to correct some abnormalities going on in Nigeria. As the umbrella body of all political parties in Nigeria, we feel that sanity should begin with IPAC.

“I don’t know why the leadership of an executive is coming to an end and that leadership is finding it difficult to honourably throw in the towel since an electoral committee has been set up by the general assembly to ensure that the process is seamless.

“We are not in support of the tenure elongation of this executive and we stand by let the right thing be done. Because there is no where in the code and conduct of this council that the tenure should be extended,” Amakiri said.
Yabagi however, denied the allegation.
He said that although the executives’ tenure was billed to expire by Tuesday’s midnight, the general assembly attended by representatives of all the political partied passed a resolution allowing them to hangon until Dec. 18.
He said that the decision was to allow the council to conclude arrangements for the centenary celebration of political parties scheduled for Dec. 13.

He said that IPAC had already appointed an electoral committee headed by the National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, chief Dan Nwayanwu to conduct an election on Monday, Dec. 18

“So I want to thank the General Assembly for this very, very important responsibilities that are given to us to pilot the affairs of IPAC between now and the 18th of this month.

“We had a very free meeting. It was done democratically. Motions were raised, motions were seconded, people who are in support of the motion that brought us as the transition committee.

“Out of the 19 political parties 12 national Chairmen of political parties agreed and approved that we should go ahead and manage the affairs of IPAC until the 18th of this month, which is Monday when a new executive will come on board.

“I think this is victory for democracy. It is a demonstration of the fact that IPAC supposed to show leadership and do things in the democratic manner which is what we do,” Yabagi said.(NAN)

credit: PM News