Gombe LG elections: IPAC to sue state electoral commission

Few weeks to the local government election scheduled for December 19, 2020, the Gombe state Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has threatened the State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) with court action.

IPAC said if the commission refuses to allow all political parties to take part in the election, it will result in litigation.

This was contained in Press Statement signed by the State Chairman of the IPAC, Abdullahamid Sadiq, in Gombe Wednesday.

They alleged that shortly after the successful conduct of the party primaries, political parties under IPAC was confronted with a backdated list of 18 political parties dated February 6th, 2020, despite the court of appeal judgment recently delivered on August 10th, 2020.

The statement said it was based on the judgment that IPAC is calling on GOSIEC to obey the court order by allowing all political parties that signified their interest to participate in the December 19th, 2020 LG elections.

They stated further that in the event of failure to heed to their call to allow all political parties to participate in the elections before the end of October 2020, IPAC will be left with no option than to seek legal remedy including an order of injunction restraining the conduct of the elections in a court of law.

GOSIEC had on 7th September, 2020, invited all political parties for an interactive session preparatory to the December 19th, 2020 LG elections.

After the interactive session, all political parties in attendance under IPAC were given the guidelines for the preparation of party primaries to be conducted by the political parties and it was to be supervised by GOSIEC. This was complied with on 19th October, 2020.

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