By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Bauchi State has demanded the state government to annul what it described as purported results and declaration of winners of the just concluded local government elections in the state.
In the same token, the council also wants the government to declare the seat of all the sworn chairmen/councilors as vacant, and to appoint caretaker committees to supervise the Local Government Councils pending further directive.
The IPAC in a press conference in Bauchi Wednesday said government should refund all the official fees paid to the Electoral Commission by other parties’ candidates including campaign/ancillary expenditure incurred in the election process.
The Council led by its chairman and secretary, Alhaji Usman Isa and Ahmad Tijjani Aminu respectively told the press of the need to conduct fresh, free and fair Local Government elections in which all political parties will be given a level playing ground.
They said the present board members of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) should be dissolved and be replaced with other technocrats and nominees from all political parties with offices in the state.
IPAC explained that democracy is a system of government in which laws, policies, leadership and major undertakings of state or polity are directly or indirectly decided by the people through freely elected representatives.
To this end, the advisory council said, there can be no democracy where leaders are selected against the wish and consent of the majority, but contrary to its expectation, “We saw democracy being murdered on Saturday, 17th October, 2020 during the conduct of Local Government elections in Bauchi state”.
The Inter-Party Advisory Council therefore dissociated itself with all the purported results declared on Saturday 17th October, 2020 in the state for what it said as not being product of democracy.