The body of Nigerian registered political parties, Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, has relieved its Secretary, Godson Okoye, and his deputy, Rasaq Eyiowuawi, of their positions, according to an official statement.
According to a statement by IPAC Publicity Secretary, Ogbuechi Dike, on Sunday, Messrs. Okoye and Eyiowuawi violated the 2013 Code of Conduct for Political Parties, prompting their removal.
The removal of the duo was ratified at an IPAC General Assembly held on November 12.
“The meeting which had 21 political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in attendance, had received a report from a Committee set up earlier to determine cases of violations of Political Parties Code of Conduct 2013 brought by the Executive Committee of IPAC against the Secretary, Mr. Godson Okoye and Deputy Secretary, Mr. Rasaq Eyiowuawi,” the statement said.
“The Political Parties Code of Conduct 2013 was designed and endorsed by Nigeria’s registered political parties on 16th July 2013 to regulate their conduct and doubles as the governing regulation of the Inter-Party Advisory Council.”
The investigative committee was chaired by Albert Owuru who is the Chairman of Hope Party, the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Council has slated November 19 for by-elections to fill the vacant positions.
“In a circular released to all political parties in Abuja on Saturday and copied to the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Secretary of the IPAC Election Committee, Alh. Abubakar Sokoto of UPN, had requested political parties interested in contesting any of the two positions to send in their nomination on or before Wednesday, 18th November 2015,” said the statement.
INEC is required to supervise elections into the IPAC Executive Committee. IPAC had conducted an election into its Executive Committee on July 24 under the supervision of INEC in which the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Movement, Bashir Ibrahim, emerged as Chairman of the Council to defeat his opponent, Peter Ameh, of Progressive Peoples Alliance.
However, Mr. Ameh has since approached the Abuja Federal High Court to challenge the election.