The Kwara State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has elected its new set of executives to pilot it affairs for the next one year.
The election which held at the premises of the headquarters of the Kwara State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday witnessed the return of the chairman of Kwara State chapter of Labour Party, comrade AbdulKareem Mumini Onagun as IPAC chairman.
He defeated Alhaji Muhammed Adebayo Gambari of the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) by 34 to 15 votes.
This is the first time in the history of the council since 2013 that a chairman will be returned to continue in office.
Other officers elected include Prince Adebayo Akadi (ADC) as Secretary General, Mrs Phebean Oyinola Ayo as Deputy Secretary, AbdulRahman Omotosho (KOWA), treasurer and Blessing Oyeniyi (PRP) as Financial Secretary.
Others are Publicity Secretary, Ashaolu Agboola (MAJA), Organising Secretary, Asanloko Folorunsho (NAC) and Legal Adviser, Barr Shola Abifaran (BNPP), Prince Deji Oyekunle (PPN) defeated Prince Olufemi Adeleke (PPA) to emerge as IPAC Deputy Chairman.
About 49 parties took part in the election.
In his acceptance speech, Onagun thanked the other parties for the confidence repose in the new executives and promised to always be guided with team work for the state to reap more dividends of democracy.
While describing other contestants as winners, Onagun promised to tap from the experiences of past IPAC leaders in the state to develop and continue to unify the council.
“IPAC should not be seen as an opposition but should play the role of neutrality which should follow the tenet of democracy. I want to appeal strongly to my colleagues that anytime we call for a meeting, they should actually create time to attend. I will also appeal to government that the main function of IPAC is to actually ensure credible, acceptable and all inclusive elections at all levels and whatever party we have in power should not use the machinery of government during campaigns but machineries of the political parties they belong to. This is very important for us to achieve our mandate.
IPAC is an umbrella body of all the political parties registered in Kwara state.
Comrade AbdulKareem Mumini Onagun (LP) 34
Alh Muhammed Adebayo Gambari (ACD) 15
Prince Olufemi Adeleke (PPA) 14
Prince Deji Oyekunle (PPN) 35
Prince Adebayo Akadi (ADC) 34
Babatunde Omotoaho (NEPP) 15
Tayo Babatunde (BNPP) withdrew
David Oshin (WTPN) 13
Madam Phebean Oyinola Ayo 35
Invalid votes 1
AbdulRahman Omotosho (KOWA) 35
Bamidele Omotosho (GPN) 14
Comrade Ibrahim Mobolaje (APA) 14
Blessing Oyeniyi (PRP) 35
Ashaolu Agboola (MAJA) 35
David Abu Ifabiyi (UPP) 13
Asanloko Folorunsho (NAC) 35
Olusegun Ogunshola (MRDD) 14
Barr Shola Abifaran (BNPP) 35
Bar Hamed Temim (ACD) 11