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Why IPAC Can’t Mediate In Amaechi – Wike Rift – Tanko

Posted: Mar 22, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

Dr. Yunusa  Tanko,  a former national chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has given reasons why the body has not mediated in the power tussle between  Rotimi  Amaechi, former governor of Rivers state (now Minister of Transport) and his successor, Governor  Nyesom  Wike.

Some Nigerians have wondered why IPAC, which is an association of political parties in the country has refused to call both gladiators together on the need to sheathe their sword in the interest of the state.

Speaking in a chat with Independent, Tanko, who is the incumbent National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) said it has been impossible for IPAC to mediate in the crisis because some leaders of IPAC in the state are taking side with the warring factions.

“The truth of the matter is that in Rivers state, some of the IPAC leadership there were involved in supporting one candidate or the other and that causes a mistrust for them to mediate. I heard  that some officials of IPAC at the national level were saying that one      IPAC chairman in the state was supporting someone and another IPAC chairman was supporting another”.

“We are not supposed to support any particular candidate.  What joined us together in IPAC is about the need to have violent free elections, voters registration and ensuring that INEC do what it is supposed to do for us to have a credible election.  We are not partisan in any government whatsoever”.

“We can only support government in their quest to ensure that we have a free, fair and credible election.  You saw what we did during the period that former president Goodluck Jonathan was in office.  We told him that we can only support his fight against insurgency because it is inimical to the survival of democracy”.

“ But we did not endorse any particular candidate.  So therefore in Rivers state, they ought not to endorse any particular candidate but rather they should be dispassionate in the discharge of their duties” he said.