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February 4, 2023

PDP threatens court action against Ebonyi IPAC election

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By Ruth Oginyi

The People’s Democratic Party in Ebonyi said it will seek a court redress on the Inter-Party Advisory Council ( IPAC), an election which took place in the state, on Friday.

The opposition party said it was not notified of the exercise on time.

Correspondent reports that some political parties including PDP had walked out of the election venue at the INEC office on Friday.

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In a press statement issued on Saturday, the Chairman of the party, in the state, Mr. Tochukwu Okorie, accused the State Government of hijacking the election process. That it wasn’t a credible election.

The statement, “On February 1, 2022, I got a call suggesting that the election of executive members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Ebonyi state chapter, was going to be held in Abakaliki on Friday, February 4, 2022. I made effort and got through to the National Organizing Secretary of IPAC, Mr. Wale Martins who confirmed the rumor.

“Notwithstanding our protestations that the PDP had not been notified of any IPAC elections planned for Ebonyi state, a team from Abuja showed up in Abakaliki on Friday and called me to say they were in Abakaliki to conduct IPAC elections. I vehemently opposed the idea because PDP was not notified and could not be justifiably excluded from the process.

“We wrote a formal letter to the so-called election committee requesting that the election be suspended or postponed to allow for an inclusive exercise. They however went ahead with some persons that had been randomly selected and planted by the Ebonyi state government purporting to represent various political parties.

“We state unequivocally that the purported election was a sham as it grossly falls short of all indices of a credible election having been hijacked by the state government.

“The purported election of IPAC executives on Friday, February 4, 2022, cannot stand and therefore will be vigorously challenged to the highest level in the land. The People’s Democratic Party will no longer allow the Ebonyi State government to continue to pocket IPAC and use it as an appendage of the APC. This state belongs to all Ebonyians and the government must learn to respect that.

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