By Femi Atolagbe
A fraction within the Intra Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Ondo state, led by the Chairman of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and Secretary of the IPAC, Dr. Femi Famakinwa has called for the postponement of the IPAC election scheduled to hold today in Ondo state.
Famakinwa made the call during an interview with the newsmen at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), noting that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Administrative Secretary (AS)and other top management of the council are not on ground to conduct and monitor the election.
He said only one out of the three National representatives of IPAC that were sent to conduct the election was seen at the venue, while the whereabouts of the other two National officers were not known.
His words, “we found it compulsory, necessary, and mandatory to postpone the election since the umpires that are supposed to conduct the election are not on ground.
“For these reasons, we advise all the party’s chairmen in Ondo state to remain calm and maintain status quo.
“Information at my disposal also is that the REC and the management of INEC in Ondo state were not formerly informed neither did they have knowledge that IPAC election will hold in the state today”.
“At this juncture, we need to advise ourselves and tell the general public that IPAC election in Ondo state remains, postponed indefinitely”.
He said a caretaker committee will be set up within the state chapter of the council, adding that new electoral body will be set up for the conduct of the election in due course.
“We sense that there is a lot of foul play in the game, not withstanding, the foul play is not the basis for postponement of the election”.
Also speaking on the issue, Mrs Ibitoye Olusola, the State Chairman of Nigeria Element Progressive Party (NEPP)said the postponement is due to some crises that occurred among the political parties in the state.
When contacted, the outgoing chairman of the council, Hon. Fatai Adams said he is not aware of any postponement of the election ,saying the election will go on as planned by the National body of IPAC.
Efforts to hear from the officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) proved abortive as none of them was ready to speak to the news men on the development.