Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) on Monday in Benue State elected new executive members to pilot its affairs for the next one year.
Addressing representatives of the 15 political parties at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ’s) office in Makurdi shortly before the election, IPAC’s deputy secretary-general (national), Ogbuehi Dike, charged the stakeholders to ensure a credible general election in 2015.
He said the role of the council in the state remains crucial to the success of the election into various political offices next year and therefore appealed to those taking up the new responsibility to live up to expectations of the people.
Also speaking on behalf of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Baba Yusuf, the administrative secretary, Salihu Magida Ya’u, called for the cooperation of all political parties in the state to enable INEC conduct free and fair elections.
After the keenly contested election, Anthony Okoh of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) emerged chairman of the council while National Conscience Party (NCP’s) Chia Igyundunase clinched the position of secretary.
Others are; Mrs. Justina Amire of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Treasurer; Paul Aule of Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), financial secretary; Richard Nyitse of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), publicity secretary; Godwin Odey of Citizens Popular Party (CPP), deputy secretary; and Emmanuel Aberagi of United Democratic Party (UDP) deputy chairman.
Meanwhile, Okoh in his acceptance speech thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him and promised not to fail them.