From Olanrewaju Lawal Birnin Kebbi

The Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC) has urged the Kebbi state independent electoral commission (KSIEC) to conduct local governments elections in Kebbi within three months.

IPAC state Chairman,Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammed, told commission members this during the group visit to the head office of the Commission,Birnin Kebbi.

According to him, their struggle is to ensure sustainable democracy which is only possible through elections as all political office holders are beneficiaries and products of elections therefore it is surprising that such categories of people are slowing democracy at grassroots level.

“In view of the above we giving 3 months ultimatum to Kebbi government to conduct local government elections or we will use available legal means to ensure the right is done at the right time

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” Its clear we have exhausted possible peaceful avenues to get the election done from the state assembly where we rejected the appointments of local councils sole administrators. We also rejected the mundane law dictate to the state electoral body. We will not accept anything short of elections within three months”, he said”.

It could be recall that, IPAC, was at the state assembly complex for the same reason where they raised concerns over delay in the conduct of the polls and the need to review the existing local councils law permitting Governor’s to appoint sole administrators for local government.


In his response, the Permanent Commissioner,KSIEC,Alhaji Ahmadu Na ‘Sani, told IPAC that elections could not be possible without funds and approval for the conduct of elections.

He added that, for over six months the commission had written to the state government for funds and approval but till today no funds, no approval.

“We will continue to push for approval and release of funds just as we are seeking your collaboration and continued support to enable us to reach common understanding and to secure the date of elections before the ultimatum expires”, he said.