Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu Monday revealed that the commission has conducted 137 rerun elections in the last nine months.
The Commission has scheduled five more elections, which includes the two governorship elections, Edo and Ondo states and also two other rerun elections scheduled for this weekend in Sokoto and Oyo states.
Prof. Yakubu spoke when he received an audience led by the outgoing factional leader of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Bashir, accompanied by the newly elected chairman, Mohammed Lawal Naldo of the Accord Party and other executive members.
Yakubu noted that the commission under his watch has conducted the highest number of rerun elections in the history of the commission outside election calendar.
He said, “Since the new commission was sworn-in, November last year, we have so far conducted nothing less than 137 elections, ranging from bye elections.”
He therefore said for the commission to succeed in its mandate, it will continue to rely on the cooperation and support of IPAC.
INEC boss also commended the group for closing up its gap, especially when the commission waded into the leadership crisis, which led to the fractionalization of the group.
He described a unified IPAC as an effective medium to communicate with all the political parties in the country.
Yakubu also sort the support of the group in the amendment process of the electoral law.
Meanwhile, the newly elected Chairman of IPAC, Naldo has said that the group was going to wade into the ongoing crisis in People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).
Naldo who will effectively take over on 25th August 2016 said since all the political parties are members of IPAC, it was the responsibility of the group to ensure peace and harmony in the political parties, including PDP.
Consequently, he said once he assume office, he was going to set a committee that will look into the crisis rocking the one time ruling party in the country with the aim of ensuring that all the rancour in the party comes to an end.
He also assured INEC that the group under his watch will continue to give support to INEC, who he described as a strong stakeholder in the democratic process.