IPAC cri­sis deep­ens as Ameh drags INEC to court

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Mike Oboh

The cri­sis rock­ing the In­ter Party Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (IPAC) has deep­ened as the fac­tional chair­man of the body, Mr. Pe­ter Ameh has dragged the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) and his ri­val, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim to court over the dis­puted July 24th elec­tion of the body.

IPAC has been en­meshed in cri­sis fol­low­ing the con­tro­ver­sial chair­man­ship elec­tion of the body, where Bashir was re­turned as the chair­man.

Bashir’s elec­tion was re­port­edly en­dorsed by INEC, but that did not go down well with some mem­bers as they al­leged that the chair­man of the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Lawal Shuaibu ma­nip­u­lated the out­come to favour Bashir.

Ameh, who re­port­edly won a re­run con­ducted on Au­gust 25 had ap­proached the Abuja High Court pray­ing among oth­ers, that the said elec­tion that pro­duced him as the Na­tional Chair­man of IPAC, which ac­cord­ing to him was in ac­cor­dance with the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Code of Con­duct, 2013 as well as the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion (as amended) be rec­og­nized as the au­then­tic elec­tion.

The plain­tiff also sought for an Or­der of In­junc­tion re­strain­ing the first de­fen­dant, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim from parad­ing him­self as the Na­tional Chair­man of IPAC.

Ac­cord­ing to Ameh, the IPAC gen­eral body had set up an Elec­toral Com­mit­tee headed by one Ha­jia Haf­saf Baba but on the day of elec­tion, Sen­a­tor Lawal Shuaibu who is the Deputy Na­tional Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), al­legedly im­posed him­self as the chair­man of the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee with the con­nivance of INEC.

The case has been slated for hear­ing on Novem­ber 27.

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