The chairmen of 75 political parties under the auspices of Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) yesterday threatened to boycott the 2019 general elections if the new amendment to the Electoral Act is not assented to by the president.
The chairmen who passed a vote of confidence on the Chief Peter Ameh-led IPAC leadership, promised to work closely with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure free and fair elections in 2019.
The decisions were made during a meeting held at the INEC Electoral Institute, Abuja, which was attended by about 75 of the 91 national chairmen of political parties.
“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.
The group alleged that the delay or refusal to sign the bill would throw the country into the bloodiest electoral conquest and put INEC in a tight situation that would make free and credible election impossible in 2019
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.”