The National Institute for Political and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) yesterday lamented the failure of some political parties to align themselves with the activities of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), saying the trend is weakening the country’s political system.
The chief executive of the institute, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, made this known during a two-day retreat on “Strategic Leadership for Effective Cross-Party Engagement” held in Lagos.
He said it is the prerogative of all registered political parties, regardless of their status, whether in power or in opposition, to be part of IPAC, which serves as a unifier.
For his part, Warisu Alli, a professor at the University of Jos, noted that the long-standing socio-economic inequalities and injustice in the regime could be attributed to the failures of political parties and the elite. He added that it was imperative that political parties make good use of capacity building ideas.
The Chairman of the National Consciousness Party (NCP), Dr Oyenusi Tanko, regretted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not fully independent.
According to him, “they have to find money from the federal government and the federal government decides when to give it to them. Except, of course, now that the new electoral law provides that they must receive money, one year before the election. But the question is, has the money been released?