By James Sowole
The Ondo State Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) on Monday expressed the readiness of its members to participate in the April 23 Local Government Election in the state.
The position of the IPAC was revealed yesterday at a news conference addressed in Akure, the state capital.
Reading the address of the council, the IPAC Publicity Secretary, Mr Oluwole Fagboro, said the clarification became necessary in view of the insinuation going round that members of the council had decline participating in the forthcoming local government election.
Fagboro, who was flanked by other officers of the council, said no less than 18 political parties constitute the organisation.
He said all the political parties under the umbrella of the IPAC had submitted name of their councillorship and chairmanship candidates to the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) for the poll.
Fagboro added that all their candidates had been screened by the ODIEC.
“Contrary to rumours from some quarters, we want to correct the impression milling round that some of our members have declined to participate in the election.
“We are political parties, hence, contesting elections should be our conventional stock in trade. This also means that the coming election is a big opportunity for us to showcase our individual political party’s strength in contemporary democratic process”, Fagboro said..
The IPAC officer also commended the ODIEC for setting in motion guidelines for the election stating that members of the council have confidence that the commission would provide a level playing ground for the election.
Fagboro called on all parties to continue to embrace peace as they organise activities that would culminate in the election.
“We also appeal to all election stakeholders to discharge their duties well knowing full well that the prosecution of a credible election is the duty of all.
“As we all know, election is not a do or die affair. This attitude should be embraced by all during the local government and other elections coming up .
“The existing peace in Ondo State should not be taken for granted and the ugly development characterising the electoral process in some parts of the country”, Fagboro said.