The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Akwa Ibom State has elected a new executive to pilot the affairs of the council for the period of one year.
The election was conducted on February 16, at the premises of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Akwa Ibom State headquarters, Uyo.
Those elected during the election are Hon Ubong Emmanuel of Action Democratic Party- State Chairman, Blessing Umoh of Action Democratic Congress- Vice Chairman, Calistus Etim of Action Alliance – Secretary, and Victor Mark of APP – Assistant Secratary.
Others are Willington Odiong of SDP – Treasurer, Uduak Akaninyene of APM – Organising Secretary, Akaninyene Ekpeyong of BOOT – Publicity Secretary and Elder Basil Ekpo of NNPP – Legal Adviser.
Speaking on the election venue, the Chairman of the IPAC Electoral Committee Delegation to Akwa Ibom who is also the National Publicity Secretary of IPAC and the National Chairman of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) said the election became necessary due to the deregistration of 74 political parties by INEC (which he noted has affected the set-up of executive in IPAC) and the irrelevance of the interim executive which has over stayed due to Covid-19 experience.
He charged the newly elected officers to see their new position as a call to leadership looking at themselves as servants.
He also urged them to be magnanimous in their victory by embracing those who lost in the election.
The Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Inter-party Affairs Hon Lawrence Udoide on his part, charged party chairmen to note that in every election, there’s always winners and losers.
Mr. Udoide noted that those who worked hard and consulted widely won, urging those who did not win to join hand with those who did to move the council forward.
While noting that the election is a yearly thing, he urged those who are elected to be active and justify the confidence repose in them by members of the council.
He used the opportunity to thank members of the council for their show of maturity during the election and INEC for providing a conducive environment for the conduct of the election.
In his inaugural speech, the newly elected chairman of IPAC Hon Ubong Emmanuel promised to take the council to an enviable height through regular organization of conference, members welfare and show of support to members who due to financial constraints, can not be alive to some of their responsibilities.
He promised to partner the state government in the area of infrastructural development and other efforts to position the state on the path of economic growth.