Crisis-Ridden IPAC Finally Gets New Leadership…It Is Illegal says ex Chair



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By Chuks Ehirim

Crises-ridden Inter-Party  Advisory Council [IPAC], has finally elected a new  two- man executive  with Mallam Shittu Mohammed[National Chairman of the Republican Party-RPN] emerging as the council’s new Chairman while Emmanuel  Mork of the National Transformation

Party[NTP],as the  new Secretary. Shittu who was the immediate past secretary of IPAC, was at daggers drawn with the former Chairman, Chief Emmanuel Okereke.

The election itself may end up in legal tussle as the former chairman insisted that it was illegal and will not stand. Okereke said he was relying on a letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC],dated August 24, 2012, to declare the whole process a nullity.

The  letter from INEC which was signed by the commission’s secretary, Abdullahi  A. Kaugama,  stated that “Commission cannot accept the notice for IPAC meeting signed by the chairman of six [6] political parties[CPP,ACD,ACCORD,AA,NMD and CAP]”.

Speaking before the voting which produced Shitu  and Mork, Okereke alleged that there was thugery in the process and that it lacked transparency. “I can see thuggery in what happening here today.I have not seen where somebody summoned a meeting and said that election must hold same day. INEC said it must supervise the election but INEC is not here. Let us take a date when  election will be conducted .

Let it not be a coup because coup is treasonable and the punishment is death”,Okereke said.

He was however, over ruled by Barrister Maxi Okwu who presided over the meeting  which  had election as the only  agenda .  Those in attendance quickly put together,  a three man electoral committee made up  Mustapher Saliu of the Congress for Progressive Change[CPC],Sunny  Monidafe of the Action Congress  of Nigeria  [ACN]  Mohammed  Lalado. The committee went ahead with the business of the day, which had the leaders of 34political parties in attendance.

For the position of Chairman, only Shitu showed interest and was declared elected unopposed. That of Secretary however attracted four contestants-namely : Okoroafor Uche of Justice Party,Chief Willy Ezeugwu-APGA, Emmanuel Mork –NTP and Chief Eke of CPP. At the end of voting, Mork got nine votes to beat Ezeugwu who polled eight .Eke and Uche got two and zero votes respectively.

The election of Shittu was however, described as a victory for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party[PDP] whose National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was in attendance. It was perhaps the first time the PDP  showed up at IPAC meeting.  Shitu’s traducers claimed that e was planted by the ruling party to continue doing its bidding. Other party leaders, perhaps realizing that, teamed up to vote in Mork who many said would align with PDP, as secretary .


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