By Alkasim Bala
The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC wants the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)to continue maintaining its position as an unbiased umpire in all political matters to strengthen the country’s democratic culture.
The IPAC chairman in Yobe state Alhaji Bala Muhammad stated this during a visit to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner at INEC office in Damaturu.
The Yobe state chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC Alhaji Bala Muhammed explained that as one of the Democratic institutions in the country, INEC must continue to remain apolitical in order to create fair playing ground for all, most especially with the commencement of political activities ahead of 2023 elections.
He noted that, the position taken by the commission regarding the recent leadership crisis in the ruling All Progressive Congress where it insisted that due process must be followed has significantly helped in calming nerves that could have degenerated into serious conflict in the party.
Alhaji Bala Muhammed further presented a letter of commendation to the INEC leadership and urged the commission to always ensure that the electoral act was strictly adhered to.
He equally appealed to political parties and politicians to always put national interest ahead of their personal ambition and to abide by the rules of the game for the befit of all.
Responding after receiving the commendation letter, the Yobe state Resident Electoral Commissioner Alhaji Ahmed Makama represented by the Admin Secretary Abatcha Dikwa said, INEC would continue to work hand in hand with IPAC as an umbrella body of all registered political parties in the country and promoter of good governance.
The Resident Electoral commissioner further assured the readiness of INEC to conduct free and fair elections promising to create level playing ground for all interested parties.
Alhaji Ahmed Makama further solicited the support of IPAC in mobilising eligible persons to participate in the on going Continue Voter Registration Exercise in order not to be disenfranchise.
He promised to deliver the commendation letter to INEC headquarters as requested.