The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the umbrella body of political parties in Nigeria has expressed its displeasure about electoral violence and malpractices witnessed in some parts of Nigeria during the Governorship and State Assembly polls held on Saturday.
The inter-party Council said this in a statement released by the Secretary of the National Media Committee, Akinloye Oyeniyi on behalf of the National Chairman, High Chief Peter Ameh, in Abuja on Sunday
It will be recalled that pockets of violence and sporadic shootings were reported in some states like Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Rivers and others with a member of House of Representatives reportedly killed and other lives lost.
The Interparty Council Chairman said “Having gotten reports of skirmishes from our state chapters where elections were conducted, we can tell that the governorship elections witnessed very low turnout and widespread electoral violence in some states and we are really not happy about these developments.
“Apart from the unprecedented military siege, uncontrollable killings, harassment of both voters and electoral officials as well as the taking over of results collation centres in Rivers State, all in a bid to upturn the people’s choice, which have ultimately led to the suspension of the ongoing governorship election in Rivers State”, the statement read
IPAC expressed its disapproval about these undemocratic actions witnessed across the country saying it was a “setback for our dear country democratically. It also totally will render the outcome not credible thereby lacking legitimacy.”
On Sunday INEC suspended electoral process in Rivers State until further notice.
The suspension followed reports of widespread disruption of elections conducted in the South-South State.
The IPAC Chairman therefore urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to do everything within its powers to allow democracy thrive in the Nigerian society by entrenching a free, fair and credible electoral process.
The Inter-party Council called on the Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari and all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail upon all political parties involved to strictly respect Nigeria’s Constitution.