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Ekiti PDP Spokesman Emerges IPAC, PRO As Iyaniwura returns as chairman

The Ekiti State Publicity Secretary,
of the People Democratic Party, (PDP) , Raphael Adeyanju has emerged as the Public Relations Officer of
the State chapter of the Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC)

At the election conducted at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission,(INEC) in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday , Adeyanju was unanimously elected the IPAC spokesman, while Mr. Ifeoluwa Iyaniwura, was elected as the Chairman of the body.

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The Chairman, IPAC Electoral Panel from Abuja, Mr. Obe Opunkun, declared Iyaniwura winner of the election that was supervised by INEC after polling a total of eight votes to defeat his rival and State Chairman, Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Lanre Anifowose, who garnered six votes.

The Panel however, disqualified Peoples Redemption Party(PRP), Advaced Democratic Congress(ADC) and Labour Party (LP) from participating in the election due to controversy surrounding the nomination of delegates to vote in the poll.

Anifowose, who had initially congratulated the winner later turned around to reject the outcome of the election, accusing the supervising officials of conniving with the incumbent chairman to disenfranchise his followers.

He said: “I reject this election on two grounds. One, those calling themselves party chairmen today and voted had never participated in IPAC activities. Two , the PDP in Ekiti is factionalised and nobody is expecting the party to participate, but the electoral umpire connived with some few to pervert justice. The whole process was not transparent.

“Delegates of three political parties, who are my supporters were rejected to puncture my camp without reasons, despite that their chairmen confirmed their authenticity. So, I am going back to the drawing board. IPAC is not a one- man show. They have done their worse today, but I am rejecting the resuls of the election.

“With these itemised issues , the election cannot be deemed to be valid. A process has started, but we will begin our own process, either through legal means or otherwise. We are not going to be violent . IPAC is for all of us. We are not going to rest, even forming a parallel body is an option”.

Anifowose stated further that ; “We will meet all stakeholders and decide the next line of actions. There is nothing like forced marriage in life, such marriage will crash. We are not going into forced marriage with anybody”.

But in his inaugural speech, Iyaniwura, described the process as credible and appreciated the members for imbibing the spirit of democracy.

“Politics can’t set us apart. We knew ourselves and we will do our possible best to bring everybody together. We would continue to play advisory role to INEC as stipulated in the statute that established IPAC”.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC), Ekiti State, Dr. Rahman Tella, represented by the INEC Executive Secretary, Mr. Akinropo Ojewande , advised the new officers to be supportive to INEC in the conduct of good elections in Nigeria.

“We are ready to achieve a level playing grounds for all parties in the conduct of elections. The commission is ready to listen to your suggestions and observations until we get to a level when the citizens are allowed to choose their leaders freely without hindrance”.

Also pronounced winners were: Chief Abiola Odeoba of the Accord Party-Deputy Chairman, Mr. Rufus Alabi of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)- Secretary General, Lanre Omotayo of the African Action Congress (AAC) -Organising Secretary .

Others included: Tunde Agbabiaka of the Zenith Labour Party -Legal Adviser, Chief Awogbemi-Financial Secretary, Com Ade Ajayi of the All Progressives Congress (APC)- Treasurer, and Mr. Olufemi Adetumbi of the Advanced People’s Party(APP)- Assistant Secretary General .

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