By Jubril Bada
Newly elected executive members of the Inter-Party Advisory Party Council, IPAC, Ondo State chapter have been sworn in to lead the affairs of the council for the next nine months under the leadership of State Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Charles Fagbohunka.
Fagbohunka was reelected the new chairman along with other executive members of the IPAC in the state.
The new executive would serve the members of the council for the next nine months due to the failure of the council to elect new officers late last year for one year tenure in office.
The election, which was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Election and Party Monitoring Department of national IPAC had nine out of 18 registered political parties participated in the poll.
The new other officers include Mr. Olaide Ibrahim (Deputy Chairman); Prince Olaoluwa Adesanya (Secretary); Mr. Israel Ayeni (Deputy Secretary) and Mr. Moses Banji ( Treasurer)
Others are Mrs. Sidikat Ganiyu (Financial Secretary); Mr. Oladele Ogunbameru (Legal Adviser); Pastor Peter Olagokun (Publicity Secretary) and Mr.Davis Akinbote (Organising Secretary).
Before the election in which all the new executive members were elected unopposed, the Interim Management Committee of the council was dissolved.
Delivering his address, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in the State, Dr. Rufus Akeju appreciated the state IPAC for the cooperation, understanding and support towards the successful conduct of the 2020 gubernatorial election in the state.
The INEC boss, who noted that the council contribution could not be over stressed said the partnership with political parties and the IPAC as major election stakeholders by INEC was essential with projection to establish an enduring platform for sustained and constructive political engagement between political parties and the commission
Akeju further explained that the importance of IPAC in the electoral sphere could not be overemphasized, noting that political parties recognize the authority of the commission in the conduct of election with promotion of transparency, impartiality and confidence in the electoral process through the instrumentality of IPAC.
He implored the executives and all members of IPAC to display high level of sportsmanship and keep to the rules and regulation guiding the council in discharging their duty.
Inaugurating the new executive members, the Head of Election and Party Monitoring Department of national IPAC and National Director of Publicity, People’s Democratic Party, Mrs. Chinwe Nnorom appealed to them to reach out to other political parties that did not participate in the election and maintain cordial relationship with them
She said this was essential to settle grievances in the council and maintain peace among themselves, adding that membership of IPAC not voluntary but compulsory.
Nnorom maintained that IPAC as umbrella body that govern the interest of political parties should as well prioritize interest of citizens in all activities of political parties in the state.