The Chairmen of about 70 registered political parties on Friday threatened to pull out of the 2019 general elections if President Muhammadu Buhari failed to sign the Electoral Bill already transmitted to him by the National Assembly.

The country currently has 91 political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The chairmen of the political parties that took the decision to pull out of the elections did so on the platform of the Inter Party Advisory Council.

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The council’s National Publicity Secretary, Ikenga Ugochinyere, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja after the council’s meeting.

He, however, did not list the party chairmen that were part of that decision.

According to the statement, the council is of the opinion that the bill, if signed into law, would ensure free, fair and credible elections.

The statement read, “IPAC resolved that in view of the fact that Nigerians want free, fair and credible elections in 2019 which the new Electoral Bill before President Muhammadu Buhari promises, we as major stakeholders in the electoral process call on President to sign the bill into law.

“Should he refuse, then we will not be part of the electoral process in 2019 that doesn’t promise credibility and fairness.

“The delay/refusal to sign the bill will throw the country into the worst bloody electoral conquest and put INEC in a tight situation that will make free and credible election impossible in 2019.”

Ugochinyere added that IPAC also decried what it described as tensed political mood in the country ahead of the election.

The council leaders, he said, had resolved to seek an audience with the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, on the need for the police to be neutral as the elections draw nearer.

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