Abuja- Yunisa Tanko, the Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), on Wednesday called on INEC to be transparent and non-partisan in the on-going delimitation of constituencies in the country.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that though the exercise was very technical and daunting, the commission must not allow it to be hijacked by the opposition parties.
Tanko, a one-time National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP), added that INEC, being an umpire, must ensure that the criteria for the delimitation were fair.
He said that the time had come for the commission to bring all the political parties together for a better understanding of the exercise to avoid “any impending danger”.
The chairman said for INEC to achieve the desired success in the exercise, it must embark on adequate sensitisation for the public to understand and appreciate the exercise.
“The commission should not take political parties and Nigerians for granted on this matter. This is a very sensitive issue and INEC must do what is right in terms of sensitisation.”
Buba Galadima, National Secretary, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), said that the exercise must also take into cognisance environmental, population and geographical issues for all communities to be effectively represented in the programme.
Galadima, who stressed that the exercise was not meant to create additional seats at the national level, said that it must not be politicised, to achieve its aims and objectives.