The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collected the sum five million naira (N5m) from the Cross River State Government to compromise the Thursday (January 13, 2022) called-off State elections.
Recall that the incumbent Chairman of IPAC in Cross River State, Comrade Bissong Attah had earlier made a statement concerning the cancellation of the elections.
In his statement about the cancellation, Attah said: “What I can state in hurry is that the accreditation process was not thorough, we simply protested against what we considered an irregularity to the end that that accreditation was not thorough, we would not be inside there to see our member intimidated.
“One thing you need to know about IPAC Cross River is that we are firm and resolute to do the right things irrespective of whose ox is gored.
“We protested and we are happy that the national heard our cries and decided in the spirit of compromise to cancel the elections. We are comfortable with that decision”.
However, a statement made by Mr Ntami Esege, secretary of IPAC in the state, alleged that the National Legal Adviser and National Chairman of Labour Party, Mr Julius Abureh Esq “came to Calabar for two missions: to acquire enough money through compromise, and to install his Labour Party State Chair as IPAC State Chair”.
The statement also said, “INEC collected N5m from the Cross River State Government to compromise the elections”.
THE PARADISE NEWS gathered that despite the cancellation of the Thursday elections, an election was conducted today, Friday, January 14, 2022.
Earlier, the National Legal Adviser of IPAC, Mr Julius Abureh said that the elections were cancelled as a result of the ungovernable nature of IPAC Cross River members during the electoral exercise. When asked whether there was a new date for the cancelled elections, he said no, stating that he will announce that subsequently.
Responding, Comr. Anthony Attah, incumbent IPAC and YPP Chairman in Cross River State, who is a contestant for the IPAC State Chairman position said that Abureh did not notify every member of Friday’s rescheduled elections. According to him “Abureh notified only two of my supporters. I also received the invitation SMS”.
Speaking further, Attah said the EPM of INEC when approached this morning (Friday) for the possibility of IPAC elections said he is not opening the office for any elections. “But, as I talk with you, he has opened the INEC hall for elections contrary to initial position”, Attah told NEGROID HAVEN.
Efforts to reach the INEC EPM for comments proved abortive at the time of filing this report.