Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa
Crisis has hit the Bayelsa State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) ahead of the November 16 governorship election in the state following a resolution of the council’s members to remove their Chairman, Mr. Eneyi Zidougha and other executive members.
About 50 political parties constituting IPAC in the state rose from their congress in Yenagoa on Saturday and accused Zidougha and three other executive members of flouting many provisions of the Revised IPAC Code of Conduct.
Others removed from their executive positions following the resolutions were Vice-Chairman, Ibubeleye Etunghe and the state IPAC Secretary, Mr. Henry Kpodoh.
They also named the state Organising Secretary of IPAC, Chief Obi Macwilson as the acting Chairman of the council pending the conduct of the council’s general election.
Reading the resolutions of the congress, the Chairman of All Blending Party (ABP) William Ifidi said Zidougha failed to call for a general meeting to address many of his alleged infractions against IPAC’s revised code of conduct.
Reeling out nine sins of the ousted chairman, Ifidi said Zidougha used the name and letterhead of the council to endorse the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the local government elections in the state contrary to Section seven of the IPAC’s code.
He said Zidougha undermined the interests of other party chairmen, who participated in the local council elections following his statement that “an election marred with irregularities was free, fair and credible”.
Ifidi said contrary to Section 4 of the Code, Zidougha wrote letters to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) without consulting the state General Assembly and made representations inimical to the development of the council.
He noted that Zidougha and Kpodoh received political appointments as special advisers to the governor of the state while still serving as elected officers of IPAC contrary to section 5 of the Code.
He said against the letters of sections 7 and 8 of the Code, the chairman refused to call monthly general meetings and failed to publish reasonable notices of meetings and agenda of meetings despite calls by members to do so.
Ifidi said: Zidougha is now occupying multiple appointments and assignments as an IPAC chairman, a gubernatorial candidate in the state election, a Senior Special Assistant in the PDP-led government and also applying to contest the chairmanship position in the coming IPAC election”
“We have resolved that the four persons had been removed as executive officers of IPAC, Bayelsa State and hereby estopped from parading themselves as elected representatives of the council.
“All authorities, agencies of government, individuals and general public are hereby informed of the resolutions and circumstances for their removal and should not do any business with them in the name of IPAC, Bayelsa.
“The remaining elected officers are hereby commissioned to carry out the duty of managing the affairs of IPAC in accordance with the provisions of the Code of conduct with immediate effect.
“Chief Obi Macwilson, the current elected Organising secretary, who is the next senior officer remaining in hierarchy shall immediately assume the position of an aching chairman of IPAC, Bayelsa State to see to the running of the affairs of the council.”