The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC), on Friday, walked out of the Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC), Ebonyi Chapter election venue.
The two parties cited lack of transparency in the process and state government’s hijacking of the elections as their reasons for boycotting the election.
A mild drama ensued before they walked out of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ebonyi State venue of the election where new leaders that will pilot the affairs of the state for the next two years were elected.
Fourteen political parties were accredited to vote during the election which was witnessed by INEC officials and security agents.
But there was a melodrama shortly after a motion was moved for the dissolution of the former leaders of the council to enable the election of new leaders to hold proper.
The meeting started with a motion moved by Chika Samuel of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and seconded by Catherine Ohakam of Alliance People’s Movement (APM) for the dissolution of the former executive of the council.
However, the Deputy Chairman of PDP Ifeanyi Nworie moved his own counter motion calling for suspension of the election.
He alleged that there was no transparency in the processes that led to the exercise and accused the Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Labour and Inter Party Affairs, Mrs. Jenifer Adibe of hijacking the process to favour the state government.
He said: “I am appearing in protest and bringing to your attention the irregularities in the processes of this exercise and the unlawful exclusion of my party, the PDP in the ongoing election. It was a deliberate calculated effort to scheme our party out of this election.
“On 29th December, 2021, the SA to the governor on Inter Party Dialogue , Jenifer Adibe called for a meeting in her office and directed that anybody who has interest in the election should softpadal, that she wants the current executive that was just dissolved to come back for second tenure unopposed.
This brought a lot of controversy and the meeting was marred with quarrels because where a political party will be for-closed in involvement in the election, I wouldn’t know what it will look like”, he said.
But Adibe said that the law provides that she calls for a meeting over IPAC election as SA on Interparty Affairs to avoid breakdown of law and order.
“There have been a lot of crises in IPAC. So, I have tried to stabilize the system and not to cage them. Nobody was told not to participate in the election,” she said.
Comrade Morgan Nnaemeka of the ADC also challenged Adibe and called for suspension of the election.
Both Nworie and Nnaemeka submitted petitions against the election before IPAC national officials.
They also engaged the IPAC national officials in verbal arguments which made the exercise rowdy.
The two party chiefs later walked out of the venue of the election as the officials did not act on their protests.
The election was however later held with former leaders of the council returned unopposed.