Political parties under the auspices of Concerned Leaders of Nigeria’s Political Parties (CLNPP) have accused an aspirant for the national chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Peter Ameh, of diverting the sum of N12.7 million belonging to the council between 2013 and 2015 when he served as secretary general of the assembly.
In a protest letter signed on behalf of CLNPP by Bankole Okowa and Edozie Madu, who are both chairmen of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) and Independent Democrats (ID) respectively, the parties demanded explanations from the former secretary general of IPAC on his stewardship between 2014 and 2015.
The letter which was made available to journalists in Abuja, and addressed to the chairman of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Peter Ameh, alleged that of the N12.7 million collected by the former IPAC scribe, N8.8million was transferred to his personal account, as indicated by a statement of account operated by IPAC within the period.
The parties further accused Ameh of rejecting the outcome of the 2015 election of the council in which he contested as chairman, even when the contest was adjudged transparent by both INEC and observers.
The parties added that since then, he had boycotted activities of the council, dragged INEC, IPAC and winner of that election to court, as well as shunned all entreaties to peace, which has factionalised IPAC and denied it many goodwill, including withholding of the $850,000 earmarked for it under the Donor Basket Fund managed by UNDP/DGD III.
Responding to the allegation, Ameh said it was mischievous noting that it is not enough to indict him with the petition because he was never served a copy of the petition.
“I was also never the chairman of the council during the period so stated. The action is mischievous because they are afraid of the forthcoming IPAC National election Septembe 5, 2018 so they have therefore resorted to feeding our members half baked information in order to score cheap political point.
“Such matter is supposed to have been brought before the highest decision body of IPAC which is the General Assembly where all national chairmen of registered political parties are automatic equal members.
“What nonsense is this? In IPAC every person and anybody is free to contest! Is this another way of trying to import despotism into IPAC. On election day anybody that is concerned should show his concern through his or her vote. Enough of this arm twisting and outdated shenanigans!”, he said.
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