Tuesday, 21 January 2020

IPAC threatens cancellation of Abi/Yakurr rerun over alleged planned violence by candidates

Ukorebi Esien | 21 January 2020 



The Cross River State chapter of Inter- party Advisory Council, IPAC has said that it will not hesitate to call for the cancelation of the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency rerun elections slated for 25th January 2020 in Ekureku 1 and 2 should both candidates refused to abide by the  Political Parties  Code of conduct of IPAC. TDN can authoritatively report. 


This was contained in a press statement signed by the Secretary of state chapter of IPAC, Mr. Castro Izama. According to the statement, the group alleged that information at its disposal reveals both candidates, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo and Chief Alex Egbona have concluded arrangement to mobilise both miscreant and security operatives with ammunitions to cause violence amisdt rigging. 


Warning, the candidates, the group reminded both candidates of the Political Parties  Code of conduct of IPAC, which is binding to all candidates irrespective of political divide, stating that the code of conduct will be implemented to the later, should there be any records of electoral violence.


The group further called on the Commissioner of Police and other security agancies in the state to "wade into this emerging threat and nip it in the bud, as it bellies the potentialities to assume hydra-headed crises which might escalate hostilities, that would end up undermining the safety of Cross Riverians of Abi extraction and indeed, all other participants, at this National duty". 


The Press Statetemment reads in full: 



PRESS RELEASE/CONFERENCE ON THE EKUREKU 1 & 2 ELECTION RERUN FOR THE ABI/YAKURRFEDERAL CONTITUENCY.



The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) , Cross River Chapter, views with utmost concern, the building tension, arising from preparations for the Ekureku 1 & 2 election rerun for the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency, between the  Rt.  Hon. Barr. John Gaul Lebo of the People's  Democratic  Party (PDP) and Hon. Dr. Alex Egbona of the All Progressive Congress  (APC), slated to hold just a few days away, on Saturday January 25, 2020.

Our deep worries stem from the curious observation that the two Contestants involved, are alleged to have amassed an army of miscreants and weaponry, after engaging hordes of private security personnel, for the purpose of conducting surveillance and possibly unleashing terror on perceived opponents, where deemed fit.


We rise in unison, to strongly condemn such moves, as they were in steep violation of our laws, for the fact that our Constitution rests the burden of securing lives and property on State Agents like Police, DSS, NSCDC, and other State Actors.

May we warn that the Political Parties  Code of conduct of IPAC which is binding to all candidates irrespective of political divide  will be implemented to the later by the IPAC.

Free and fair elections,  one man-one-vote will be sacrosanct and non negotiable, we shall not hesitate  to call for a cancellation of the said elections and call in the security agencies to deal with any body involve no matter how highly placed according  to the political parties Code of Conduct 2019 as amended. 

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), therefore, calls on the The Commissioner of Police  and other Security Agencies, to as a matter of urgency, wade into this emerging threat and nip it in the bud, as it bellies the potentialities to assume hydra-headed crises which might escalate hostilities, that would end up undermining the safety of Cross Riverians of Abi extraction and indeed, all other participants, at this National duty.    

Some of the candidates are even aranging Police from Abuja and emphasize that it's the responsibility of the Commissioner of Police in the CRS Command to provide security personnel for the election. 

God Bless Cross River.


Castro Ezama
IPAC secretary.

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