Crisis rocks Ebonyi IPAC as Council suspends seven members indefinitely

*Uba Group

AGNES NWORIE, ABAKALIKI

THE Inter-Party Advisory Council in Ebonyi State has disowned seven of its members.

The seven IPAC members were disowned in a communiqué issued at the IPAC Secretariat, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, signed by 15 member parties’ chairmen.

They include Chita Samuel Akahite of Action Democratic Party (ADP), who doubles as Ebonyi IPAC Chairman; All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Stanley Okoro-Emegha; his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Nwebonyi Onyekachi, and 12 others.

According to the communique, Nwogba Morgan, Obiya Sabastine, Nkwuda Sunday, Ibe Immaculata Nnnenna, Nwite Celestine, Splendour Eze and Okezie Delphine, who were former members of IPAC, allegedly lost their membership of the Council following the deregistration of their political parties by the Independent Electoral Commission earlier this year.

It said the suspended members allegedly became aggrieved with the INEC’s action, and instead of going to the court to seek redress, resorted to illegally regrouping and having meetings in secret places such as uncompleted buildings, beer parlors and at other odd venues in the name of IPAC.

This, it said, constituted security breaches, and at the same time, cast a dent on the image of IPAC in the state.

The communiqué read, “Following the outcome of the meeting of the Ebonyi State Chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), held on 25th November, 2020 at the Council’s Secretariat, Abakaliki, the Council, after considering the report and recommendations of a nine-man Committee earlier set up to investigate the activities of Nwogba Morgan, Obiya Sabastine, Nkwuda Sunday, Ibe Immaculata Nnnenna, Nwite Celestine, Splendour Eze and Okezie Delphine who were former members of IPAC but lost their membership of the Council following the deregistration of their political parties by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier this year .

“The Council therefore strongly warns this group of persons to desist from this unlawful act and advises the general public to be wary of this unsuspecting illegal group to avoid being scammed, as we’ve got clear evidences that they have forged several signatures and documents to deceive unsuspecting members of the public.

“The attention of the security agencies are also hereby drawn to the activities of these illegal group marauding about, and parading themselves to be members of IPAC of which they are not.

“In the same vein, the Nine-man disciplinary committee also recommended Vote of No Confidence and immediate indefinite suspension of Obiya Sabastine of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Nkwuda Sunday of Young Progressive Party (YPP) and Nwite Celestine of National Rescue Movement (NRM) party over gross misconducts and other flagrant breaches of the Council’s Code of Conduct.

“A motion was consequently moved by Comrade Obasi James Alina, the State Chairman of Action Alliance (AA), calling for their indefinite suspension as recommended by the Nine-Man investigation Panel. The motion was seconded by Ani Paschal Ndubuisi, the State Chairman of Accord Party, and was unanimously adopted by the Council members and resolved as follows:

“That Mr. Nwogba Morgan, Ibe Immaculata Nnnenna, Splendour Eze and Okezie Delphine and their cohorts whose parties were de-registered by INEC in February this year, ceased to be members of IPAC from that day INEC deregistered, pending the final verdicts of the Supreme Court being anticipated.

“That their actions of impersonation, parading of deregistered political parties and brandishing themselves as Executives of IPAC in Ebonyi State is illegal, unconstitutional, punishable, as the Council still has duly National IPAC inaugurated State Executives, ably led by Hon. Nchita Samuel Akahite, the State Chairman of ADP.

“That the actions of Mr. Nwogba Morgan, Obiya Sabastine, Nkwuda Sunday, Ibe Immaculata Nnnenna, Nwite Celestine , Splendour Eze and Okezie Delphine of conducting press conferences in both prints and electronic media in the name of IPAC without authorisation of the substantive IPAC Chairman, Hon. Nchita Samuel Akahite, is illegal, condemnable and punishable.

“That the actions of Nwogba Morgan, Obiya Sabastine, Nkwuda Sunday, Ibe Immaculata Nnnenna, Nwite Celestine, Splendour Eze and Okezie Delphine in criminally forging of our members’ signatures and IPAC documents in an attempt to misinform, distort, fabricate and defraud the general public and, drag the image of IPAC to the mud is unacceptable.

“That based on the aforementioned deviant and extravagant behaviours of Nwogba Morgan of UP, Ibe Immaculata Nnnenna of PCP, Splendour Eze of ACD, Okezie Delphine of ANDP and their cohorts whose parties have been de-registered are hereby DISOWNED by IPAC EBONYI State.”

It said Obiya Sabastine of ZLP, Nkwuda Sunday of YPP and Nwite Celestine of NRM had also been suspended indefinitely for conniving with the de-registered parties to forge IPAC documents, deceive the public and dent the image of the Council.

“Nwogba Morgan of UP should with immediate effect return all the monies and IPAC properties in his possession within 24 hrs and failure to do so will attract the wrath of the Council,” the communiqué said.