Opposition Political parties under the aegis of the Congress of Nigeria’s Political Parties (CNPP) in Kwara State have dissociated themselves from a newspaper report purportedly credited to the State Chairman and the Publicity Secretary of IPAC that setting up of Transition Implementation Committee for Local Governments in the State was unconstitutional.
A statement signed by the CNPP State Chairman, Alhaji Adebayo Lawal, Secretary, Prince Olufemi Adeleke and the Public Relations Officer, Hon. Abu Dave Ifabiyi queried why IPAC should have made such pronouncement without carrying along the entire membership of the organization.
“The IPAC Code of Conduct 2013, section 7 (i to ii) stipulates that the Executive Committee should carry out the instructions of the general body, function democratically by holding consultations with Members/Committees before taking any action requiring consensus of Members’ opinion”, the statement said.
The Congress said it was unfortunate that the current crop of Kwara State IPAC Executives which had been inaugurated since September, this year had neither communicated with members nor held any general meeting throughout the first quarter of their year in negation of the provisions of the Code of Conduct of IPAC.
The CNPP therefore called on IPAC Executive Committee in the state to exercise restraint and abide by the principle of the body on volatile issues such as the one in question. The Congress urged the IPAC to ensure that future pronouncements reflect the consensus of members’ opinion in conformity with the rules of the organisations.
The CNPP commended the state government for setting up the TIC at this crucial moment to exclude the creation of any political lacuna for some fifth columnist politicians to exploit for selfish gain.
The Congress also called on the state government to take steps towards the usual conduct of local government elections as soon as the finances of the state becomes buoyant enough to accommodate the lawful conduct of the election.