IPAC warns Gombe electoral commission of legal action over LG election

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Gombe has warned the Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) that it will sue them if they fail to conduct elections for the 11 local government councils.

The state chapter chairman of IPAC, Muhammed Sulaiman Kumo, and 17 others signed a letter addressed to the chairman of the commission, giving them a one-week ultimatum to conduct the election or face legal action.

Kumo, who is also the Chairman of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), lamented that GOSIEC did not release a timetable for the election, with less than 37 days left for the tenure of the current caretaker committee of the 11 local government councils of the state to end.

He said that the IPAC had been monitoring and pleading with the commission to follow the constitutional provision of either 150, 90, 60, or 30 days, “but you did not publish the notification for election, a situation that the IPAC will not tolerate.”

He said that after discussion by over 18 political parties under IPAC, they had no choice but to give a one-week ultimatum to the commission.

“We demand that the GOSIEC either release a timetable for the conduct of local government elections or we take you to court for violating the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the laws of the Gombe State House of Assembly,” he said.

The chairman, therefore, urged the GOSIEC and the state government to quickly make arrangements to conduct the local government elections in the state.

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