The Gombe chapter of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has threatened to sue the Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) over its failure to conduct elections for the 11 Local Government Councils.
A letter addressed to Chairman of the commission signed by the state chapter chairman of IPAC, Muhammed Sulaiman Kumo, and 17 others, gave the commission one-week ultimatum to conduct the election or risk legal action
Kumo, who is also the Chairman of National Rescue Movement (NRM), decried that GOSIEC refused to release a timetable for the election, less than 37 days to the expiration of the tenure of the present caretaker committee of the 11 local government councils of the state.
According to him, the IPAC has been following and appealing with the commission to adhere to the constitutional provision of either150, 90 days, 60 and 30 days, “but you failed to publish the notification for election, a situation that the IPAC will not take it lightly.”
He added after deliberation by over 18 political parties under IPAC, they were no left with no option than to give a one-week ultimatum to the commission.
“We urged the GOSIEC to either release a time table for the conduct of Local Government Election or we drag you to court for failing to abide by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and laws of the Gombe State House of Assembly,” he said.
The chairman, therefore, called on the GOSIEC and the state government to immediately make arrangements to conduct the local government elections in the state.