- The IPAC has lost a valuable member as ADP opted out of the council
- According to ADP, the objective of the council has been ridiculed
- It alleged that some members are involved in anti-party activities
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The political parties under the umbrella of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has lost one of its vocal members as the Action Democracy Party (ADP) opted out of the council.
The ADP claimed the reason for the formation of the council had been ridiculed by some members whose consciences had been seared because of greed.
It said those behind their reason to pull out are desperate politicians whose mission is to destroy the tenets of democracy, undermine the survival of opposition parties and make Nigeria a one-party state.
Specifically, the party alleged that IPAC executives in almost all the 36 states of the federation operate more like special assistants to the state governors.
According to ADP, these governors use them for clandestine activities to undermine the political interest of the opposition parties in their respective states, The Sun reports.
"In light of the foregoing, all state chapters of the ADP have been directed to refrain forthwith from participating in all IPAC activities in their respective states until further notice," the party said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria's 18 remaining parties on Tuesday, February 11, backed the recent deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a communique signed at the end of an emergency meeting by IPAC, the council said the action of INEC was constitutional.
“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,” the council said in the communique signed by its representatives and sent to journalists.
Similarly, election observer group, Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA), has commended INEC's decision to deregister 74 political parties.
CTA, a major stakeholder in the polity, described INEC's decision as a bold move that will bring further reforms to Nigeria's electoral process.
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