From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia
Abia State chapter of the Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC), has pledged to work with the Independent Electoral Commission [INEC] to ensure that rerun elections are free, fair and credible. IPAC spoke ahead of the polls coming up next month.
The council urged all the political parties involved in the rerun elections to forget about rigging but work hard and carry their campaigns to the people.
There will be a rerun in Abia North senatorial district following the annulment of Mao Ohuabunwa’s election by the Appeal Court. Ohuabunwa of the PDP, former governor Orji Uzor Kalu of the Progressives Peoples Allaiance (PPA), David Onuoha of APGA and Mrs. Lancaster of APC are contesting the seat.
There will also be a rerun in the Aba North State constituency formerly occupied by Emeka Nnamani of APGA. Ironically, the Court of Appeal barred Nnamani and his party from participating in the rerun election. Also, elections will hold in some units in Arochukwu and Umunneochi State constituencies.
IPAC State Chairman, Chief Emeka Okafor told the candidates that things have changed and that they convince the people while they should vote for them.
Okafor who spoke to newsmen in Umuahia, reminded politicians that the era of sitting at a place to write election result was over and urged the candidates to reach out to the people. He also said IPAC will work with INEC to ensure free, fair and credible election in the areas elections would hold.
The IPAC chairman also said that the council would be ready to offer advice to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu if he seeks and also ready to criticize him if he derails from the governance of the State.
Flanked by the secretary and public relations officer, Menelik Ukpai and Felix Ogbonna of the council respectively, Okafor said that IPACwelcomed the Supreme Court judgment and urged Governor Ikpeazu to now concentrate on the provision good governance to the people, saying that the state has suffered a lot of bad governance in the past.
“We are tired of mal-administration in Abia, we believe that Ikpeazu would change Abia for good. Despite party differences we all yearn for good governance”, Okafor and called on Governor Ikpeazu to extend hand of fellowship to members of the opposition in the state to work together for the development of the State.