Former National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim has been inaugurated as National Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) on Wednesday August 26, 2015.
He was earlier elected on the election conducted on July 24 at INEC National Headquarters in Abuja. Ibrahim polled 14 votes to defeat his closest and co=contestant, the outgoing National Secretary of IPAC Mr Peter Ameh, who polled 13 votes.
In his speech at the inauguration ceremony at the conference room of the Independent National Electoral Commission Ibrahim said “Today’s inauguration marks the beginning of a new day at IPAC as we move from thought to action and from politics to leadership. During the contest preceding the IPAC election, we made several promises about how we are going to make IPAC better and transform it into an organisation worth its name. Today is the time we begin the journey to transform these promises into tangible achievements.
“I am committed to repositioning IPAC to live up to its objective as contained in the Political Parties’ Code of Conduct 2013, in addition to making it a force for good. I intend to work with my colleagues in the IPAC Executive Committee and the General Assembly, other leaders of Nigeria’s political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Civil Society Organisations, Nigeria’s development partners and other stakeholders in our democratic project, including the current Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to make IPAC the vehicle for the expansion of our nation’s political space.
“We will work to repositioning and strengthen our multiparty democracy so that electoral contest becomes a contest of ideas and programs, not one of money, muscle and make-believe. The influence of money in our politics has become extremely pervasive. Under my leadership, IPAC will play a leading role in curtailing the negative influence of money in our politics and will champion the cause of internal democracy within our political parties as much as it can. Nigeria cannot be a democratic nation unless its political parties are. In this regard, IPAC will institute a peer review mechanism, PRM, so political parties can assess themselves from time to time.”
He said his vision is to make IPAC live up to its objective as contained in the Political Parties Code of Conduct 2013 and raise its profile another notch, to enable it take its rightful place in the political pecking order in Nigeria as a relevant, credible, purposeful and respected organisation.
“We are, potentially, a very powerful organisation but this potential is yet to be harnessed. Past IPAC leaders have tried their best to lay a good foundation. It is now time to fully take IPAC off the ground and give it relevance, credibility and influence. An organisation like IPAC ought to make leaders in the various branches and tiers of government take notice whenever it speaks. We cannot make that happen if we allow IPAC to be at the beck and call of special interests whose commitment is not necessarily to the common good. Our politics should not be about personal or even partisan interests but about the promotion of our collective and national interest regardless of partisan differences,” he said.