By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The lnter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has restated that Leonard Nzenwa is the authentic national chairman of registered political parties in Nigeria recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since February 2020 when he assumed office following the deregisteration of 74 political parties on 6th February 2020.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Ambassador Agbo Major, who is the National Publicity Secretary of IPAC, the Council said Nzenwa’s leadership of the Council was also affirmed by a court in Abuja.
“The defunct Chief Peter Ameh leadership of the Council whose political party, Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) was affected by INEC deregistration exercise ceased to exist from February 6, 2019 when his party and 73 others were deregistered.
‘Despite all antics to frustrate handover of property and administrative assets of IPAC by him and his team over several months, he handed over to Leonard Nzenwa’s leadership on 18th June 2020, under full glare of the media. And the property and administrative asset of the Council is still held and overseen by the Nzenwa led leadership.
“The early-morning, hurriedly arranged and purported second Peter Ameh led handover to Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu recently was a smokescreen and face saving device to hoodwink unsuspecting members of the public that he was still chairman of the Council. He merely played to the gallery, seeking political relevance.”
IPAC also said Nzenwa’s leadership has effectively been piloting affairs of the Council and has taken it to greater heights with recent Edo voter education, seminar, sensitization and mobilization of electorate for the just concluded governorship election in the State, including effort to ensure that the Edo and Ondo polls hold in spite of opposition to it by same group.
To this end, it said “all State Chapters of the Council across the Country should ignore any directive from a now party-less Chief Peter Ameh and Chief Okey Nwosu which he purported to have handed over as they are unknown by law nor recognized.
“IPAC remains as one entity and urges all deregistered political parties to seek redress in court and also respect orders, injunctions and judgments of courts of competent jurisdictions.
“To act contrary to this exposes the promoters of this culture of unruliness as brigands and thugs that should not find a place in the comity of reasonable human beings.
“IPAC will comply with the Supreme Court judgment on the deregistration matter pending before it, and urges parties in the appeal to calm down in the interest of our emerging democracy.”