The immediate past chairman of the Kwara State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Alhaji AbdurRahman Omotosho, has warned that those against the election of the new leadership of the body in the state risk sanctions from the national leadership of the council.
He also warned the state chapter of the Congress of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) to stop misinforming Kwarans on the recently concluded IPAC election.
The KOWA party boss in a statement personally signed by him and made available to Pilot Politics weekend described the development as an act of boycott by the affected parties.
The CNPPP through its chairman, Alhaji Adebayo Lawal, Secretary, Prince Olufemi Adeleke, PRO, David Abu Ifabiyi and Welfare Officer, Comrade Mobolaji Ibrahim, in a jointly signed statement had rejected the call for postponement of the council election adding that the election which ushered in the Comrade AbdulKareem Onagun led executive lacked the endorsement of the national leadership.
According to him, IPAC as headed by Comrade Onagun of the Labour Party and other six (6) exco members were duly elected and therefore not imposters as being erroneously referred to by the CNPP officials.
Parts of the statement reads:
“As the immediate past IPAC chairman in Kwara State, the date of the election for all the states in the North Central geopolitical zone was Friday, 15th September 2017 and the elections of IPAC have been held in all the states in the geopolitical zone including Kwara State.
“Those complaining were all informed of the election by my humble self, I was told to plead with the National officers who came to conduct the election from Abuja to postpone the exercise which is certainly beyond my capacity.
“Majority of the registered political parties in Kwara State were already present at the INEC office venue, Ilorin, hence they boycotted the election.
“The current state of IPAC headed by Comrade AbdulKareem Onagun of Labour Party and other six (6) exco members were duly elected, I was there as the state chairman then, INEC and national officers from Abuja did justice to the election.
“People, including those that signed the erroneous publication should desist from misinforming Kwarans and members of the public in general as they risk the sanctions of the National leadership of IPAC.
“The new officers of Kwara IPAC will soon receive their certificates of return as soon as other zones are done with their elections.