By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
After five months of wrangling between the old and new leadership of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the acting National Chairman, Leonard Nzenwa, yesterday took over the national Secretariat of the Council in Abuja, saying it has finally received the property of the political organisation from the outgoing leadership.
Recall that since February, when Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) de-registered 74 out of the 92 political parties, the remaining 18 political parties now constituting IPAC have not had access to the council’s headquarters.
With the Thursday’s handover by the former Chairman of IPAC, Peter Ameh, represented by the former IPAC’s Director General, Barrister Emeka Igwe, the five months rift has come to an end.
Addressing journalists after he formerly took over the Abuja headquarters from the former executive, Nzenwa said having received some documents and list of items from the former executive, his leadership would go ahead and review the documents.
According to the Acting chairman, after the review, the current executive would interact with the former leaders with a view to moving the council to the next level.
He stated that it is incumbent on all stakeholders to fashion out ways to move the council forward, soliciting the media cooperation, advice and diligent reportage.
“We have received some documents and list of some items that are here (headquarters). What we are going to do is that we are going to review the details of this particular document and we now have some words with them (former exco) as to the status to the inventory that is this particular place.
“You can see that everything has been done, the thing is how to take this council to the next level. What I want you to know is that the usual thinking that it is we and them should be buried, we have to take it away from our narratives.
“The reason why I said this is that most of us are stakeholders, the press are stakeholders. Every person is a stakeholder in every political system and so it is incumbent on us to see how we can move this particular council forward,” Nzenwa said.
Meanwhile, there was a mild drama last Tuesday when the acting leadership went to takeover the headquarters, but there was a mixup which resulted in journalists who had came to cover the handover, being locked inside the Secretariat.
This was later attributed by both side of the leadership to wrong communication, though it took the intervention of the police for the journalists to regain their freedom from Secretariat complex where they were locked up.