… AAC Chairman Leonard Nzenwa Emerges IPAC New President*
Nigeria’s 18 remaining parties meets, backs party deregistration, elects New officials led by AAC Chairman Nzenwa Leonard.
TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE INTER PARTY ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM AND WITHIN THE COUNCIL HELD THIS 11TH FEBRUARY, 2020
The remaining 18 political Parties in Nigeria have met in an emergency meeting to analyze the latest political developments in our country’s electoral system. As you all are aware, the electoral umpire, the INEC announced the deregistration of 74 political parties out of the 92 registered parties, leaving only 18 political parties. These 74 Political Party chairmen who have been sacked by this action are our colleagues and allies who have in very many cases and at various places stood up for Nigeria and defended her cause. Hence our mixed feelings and sobriety.
However, this action of INEC flows from the provisions of Section 225 A of the 4th Alteration No. 9 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. It is therefore based on the lawfulness of the action of the Commission, the desirability of the need to sanitize the electoral space that we the 18 political parties in Nigeria hereby endorse this bold step by INEC and commend it for this worthy cause. It is this will to implement the law despite whose ox is gored that we require for our nation building.
The IPAC being the vehicle through which the political parties collectively engage with the INEC and other stakeholders in the electoral system recognizes that this sanitization also created a vacuum in the leadership of the Council and in other to ensure the seamless contribution of the political parties to our electoral development, the parties resolved to set up an Interim Management Committee to run the affairs of the Council.
The membership of this Committee shall be drawn form only the existing political parties and shall serve pending the time a proper election will be conducted.
The members of the Interim Management Committee are as follows;
Dr. Leonard Nzenwa African Action Congress *Chairman*
Alh. Yusuf Mamman Dantaile Allied Peoples Movement *Secretary*
Major Agbo New Nigeria Peoples Party *National Publicity Secretary*
Hon. Mohammed Lawal Nalado Accord Party *National Treasurer*
Prince Chinedu Obi National Rescue Movement *National Organizing/Welfare Secretary*
Abdul Ahmed Isiaq Social Democratic Party *Financial Secretary*
Bishop Amakiri Young Progressive Party *National Youth Policy Adviser*
National Gender and Disability Adviser
This Interim Committee shall commence work immediately with INEC and other stakeholders including the National Assembly with a view to ensuring that the electoral reform processes which shall clean up our electoral system is elaborate and conclusive.
While thanking you all members of the Press for your usual and unflinching support, we urge you to get on this ride and cruise with us shoulder to shoulder as we will spare no effort to sanitize our electoral system and political processes.
PARTY NAME SIGNATURE
1. ACCORD PARTY (A)
2. ACTION ALLIANCE (AA)
3. AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC)
4. AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (ADC)
5. AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY (ADP)
6. ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC)
7. ALL PROGRESSIVE GRAND ALLIANCE (APGA)
8. ALLIED PEOPLES MOVEMENT (APM)
9. LABOUR PARTY (LP)
10. NEW NIGERIA PEOPLES PARTY (NNPP)
11. NATIONAL RESCUE MOVEMENT (NRM)
12. PEOPLE DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)
13. PEOPLES REDEMPTION PARTY (PRP)
14. SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (SDP)
15. YOUNG PROGRESSIVE PARTY (YPP)
16. ZENITH LABOUR PARTY (ZLP)
17. BOOT PARTY (BP)
18. NATIONAL RESCUE MOVEMENT (NRM)