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JUST IN: 48 Political Parties Insist They’re In Court To Stop Delta Council Polls, Disown IPAC Publication

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By Daniel Dafe, Abraka

With less than two weeks to the Delta State council elections, information made available to Oasis Magazine (OM) shows that some political parties have said that they are going on with the court case that seeks to stop the elections from holding over the exclusion of their parties by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) on the ballots.

Oasis Magazine (OM) had reported that IPAC rebuked 48 political parties for going to court to seek redress over the matter.

On Saturday, some of the aggrieved political parties described the claims by Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC that said the case had been withdrawn as false, saying the report was sponsored by a faction of IPAC.

A statement signed by Prince Alex Oyoro,
Coordinator, Forum of Like-minded Political Party Chairmen in Delta State and Comrade Austin Onori, Deputy Coordinator, Like-Minded Political Party Chairmen in Delta State debunked claims that they have withdrawn their court case against DSEIC.

The statement read in part: “Our attention was drawn to a publication by some unscrupulous persons who styled themselves as Delta State IPAC Chairman and Secretary. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have responded to them because they are hungry attention-seeking fellows, who have no means of livelihoods than to roam about the streets of Asaba looking for handouts from political office holders.”

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Adding: “In the illiterates failed bid to stop us from going to Court to seek justice for our exclusion by DSIEC which will further expose their shameless and dirty underhand business, resorted to cheap blackmail.

“These irresponsible persons failed to understand that we are in Court to seek justice for our Parties, so that we can all participate in the forthcoming Local Government Council Election in Delta State including their Parties, but DSIEC refused to include our Parties despite the Appeal Court rulings and order in our favour. These hungry people should know that it is our Constitutional rights to seek for justice if we feel short-changed.”

According to the statement, “It is quite unfortunate that the hungry self-acclaimed IPAC Chairman and Secretary who withdrew the suit they filed on behalf of seventy four Political Parties without our consent even when the case has not been heard because a meagre five million naira given to them by a PDP officer and with a promise that they will be given jobs and appointment by the State Government have the guts to say rubbish on social media platforms after using the names of seventy four political parties to collect the sum of N5million through the PDP state secretariat and gave twenty parties twenty thousand naira each are saying nonsense.”

Continuing, they said: “On whose authority are they writing? Who made Peter Emuakpoje and Fred Akpewe IPAC exco members in the State?”

Meanwhile, they alleged that the factional IPAC is writing to defend the money they collected from a PDP chieftain in the state and a member of the party’s state executive (name withheld) to withdraw their suit.

“It may interest them to know we are not the types, who sells their rights, souls and spirits just to survive for two weeks; we are out for justice. They should come out clean and tell Deltans why they filed the suit in the first place?

“It is a well known fact that Delta State IPAC Chairman is Emeka Bidokwu, duly elected. You don’t sit in a Beer parlour to appoint yourself IPAC exco members. The shameless and useless people who withdrew the suit from Court after collecting money proposed to give only 25 Party Chairmen N20,000 each and a bag of rice after collecting the sum of N10,000 each from the Party Chairmen to file the suit. While some collected N20,000 and bag of rice others with integrity refused and headed to continue the case in Court,” the statement added.

Speaking further, they urged Deltans not to take them serious in whatever they do “because they are being controlled by their stomachs.”

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“We should be able to know a beer parlour language from a jobless man. They are so daft to know that you don’t speak on a matter that is in Court.

“We are in Court to challenge our unlawful exclusion, and not for someone to sit in a Beer parlour dishing out rubbish to the public.

“It is the Court that will decide and not some jobless attention-seeking fellows,” the statement added.

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