2019: Political Parties Threaten To Boycott Elections (See Why)
The Chairmen of 75 political parties have threatened to boycott the 2019 general elections if the new amendment to the Electoral Act is not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The decisions was made on Friday during a meeting held at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Electoral Institute, Abuja.
It was attended by about 75 of 91 national chairmen of political parties.
The Chairmen under the auspices of Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) alleged that the delay or refusal to sign the bill would throw the country into the bloodiest electoral contest and put INEC in a nervy spot.
The Chairmen, who passed a vote of confidence on the Peter Ameh-led IPAC leadership, promised to work closely with the Chairman of the INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure free and fair elections.
The council’s National Publicity Secretary, Ikenga Ugochinyere, disclosed all the decisions in a statement in Abuja after the council’s meeting.
Part of the statement reads: “IPAC expressed concerns over the tense political mood in the country and the issues concerning how to secure police neutrality come 2019 and resolved to seek audience with the IG of police to address some of the fears concerning police role as we approach 2019.”
IPAC resolved that, in view of the fact that Nigerians want free, fair and credible elections in 2019 which the new Electoral Bill before President Buhari (can guarantee), we as major stakeholders in the electoral process call on the president to sign the Bill into law.
“Should he refuse, then we will not be part of the electoral process in 2019 that doesn’t promise credibility and fairness,” IPAC said in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.
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