15 October 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, has distanced the body from a purported publication by the Chairman of the African Action Congress, AAC, Mr. Leonard Nzenwa over the nomination of some INEC Commissioners by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is contained in a statement signed by acting President of the Council, Chief
Ralphs Okey Nwosu
It states that the council has not met to take any decision concerning the appointment of Mrs Lauretta Onochei as INEC Commissioner by President Muhammadu Buhari and therefore Mr.Nzenwa has no right to speak for IPAC.
The IPAC President warns against such frivolous statement by Mr. Nzenwa adding that the era when one individual or a few persons will concoct statements in the name of all political parties is over.
“It is however inconceivable how an individual member could arrogate to himself, the powers of the National Executive Council and or the General Assembly of the Council to make such public pronouncement on behalf of the Council”
“Under my headship, the full Council must meet to take decisions and draft policies before all necessary steps are taken to build harmony and not overheat the polity.
It therefore asks the Government and all party leaders to discountenance the purported statement by Chairman of the AAC, as that remains the position of his party and opinion.
According to the statement Nwosu says the
IPAC will have a full Council meeting to deliberate on burning national issues as they affect the polity adding that the meeting will be held in a few days and will be widely publicized.
“For the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria to arrive at any position on issues bordering on the state of affairs of the Country, the counsel of the General Assembly of the Council must be sought and obtained” Chief Nwosu stated.
“While we respect the fundamental rights of individual political Parties to freely express their opinions and views with regards to burning national issues, it remains reprehensible for a person to issue unguided statements on behalf of IPAC without authorization by the National executive body or the assembly of the full council.
The office of National Chairman IPAC, as claimed by Leonard Nzenwa in the said publication, is unknown to both the Code of Conduct for the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria and the Law.