A group under the umbrella of Political Parties Chairmen Forum has dissociated themselves from the purported adoption of the governorship candidate of the Allied People’s Movement in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, as a consensus candidate of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in the state.
The body consisting of chairmen of 10 political parties at a news conference in Abeokuta, on Wednesday, said it had written a petition to the IPAC National Chairman, Chief Peter Amen, over alleged gross misconduct on the part of the state chairman of IPAC.
The parties who dissociated from the adoption were; Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), All Blending Party (ABP), Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), and Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).
Others are Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC), National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP), National Action Congress (NAC), Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN), and Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
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The spokesperson of the parties chairmen, Comrade Olusegun Olufemi, said the said adoption had caused the body great embarrassment saying that IPAC has no mandate to endorse or adopt any governorship candidate.
He said: “It will be recalled that recently, a majority of political parties in Ogun State elected people to the executive of IPAC to steer the leadership of the group. In other words, they gave a year mandate of trust, which refers to confidence in political and public institutions.
“We have about 38 political parties contesting the 2019 general elections in Ogun State and also in political parties that is made up of politicians who hold divergent ideologies.
“It is not surprising and we are not expecting the Arabambi Abayomi-led exco in IPAC not to have a hidden agenda that will be different from the established norms and code of conduct guiding the political parties constituting IPAC.
“But what is amazing and tongue wagging was that IPAC is being gradually wracked by discerning hidden agenda which has resulted to disunity among the rank and file of the parties constituting IPAC.”
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