The national chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dr. Leonard Nzenwa has called on President Mohammadu Buhari not to allow the breakdown of law and order in the forthcoming Edo State election taking place on September 19, 2020.
The chairman made this known while addressing some Journalists in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria.
According to him, the Council is demanding that all security agencies discharge their duties professionally, neutrally and obey the rules of engagement as they work toward ensuring that votes, mandate and will of Edo people count in the election.
The Council also strongly condemned the unfolding political upheavals and rascality in Edo State, saying it is a dangerous misstep that can throw the entire Country into a major crisis.
“IPAC is aware of the several pronouncements and judgments of courts of competent jurisdiction since the Edo State House of Assembly crisis that prevented some members-elect from being sworn-in. The Council urges all the parties to abide by these Courts pronouncements and judgments instead of resulting to violence at this critical time when the good people of the State are preparing to elect their governor for another four years”.
“The council calls on all stakeholders to ensure that all hands should be on deck for the Edo and Ondo polls to hold successfully in scheduled date as this nation cannot afford postponement or suspension on account of incivility of political actors in the State”.
We are aware that there are 12 other Political Parties that have fielded candidates for the polls in the state and would not allow our colleagues in two other political parties to disrupt preparation towards these polls by their actions. We advise all concerned to toe the path of honour and engage in issue-based campaign.
The Council also urged all journalists to restrain themselves and play by the rule and electoral guidelines as this is very important because the nation cannot afford any political crisis in a state buffeted by insecurity and dire economic hardship visited on the people in an unending circle of lockdown.
The Chairman noted also that IPAC is monitoring the political situation in Edo State and is already invoking its inbuilt mechanism in resolving the intra and inter party crisis.
“We urge the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be firm, open, transparent and be on the side of the people and disregard all unnecessary distraction to suspend or pospone the election. We demand that INEC should do everything within its power to hold the election in Edo State” the chairman said.