The Cross Rivers State government has accused the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) of being compromised.
The Deputy Press Secretary to Governor Ayade issued a statement alleging that IPAC was paid N50 Million to blackmail Governor Ben Ayade and spread false information about the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
This allegation is in response to IPAC’s recent press conference, where the organization accused INEC, DSS, and the police of being complicit in denying their request to inspect the BVAS machines stored in Government House Calabar.
The statement also claimed that IPAC is currently a tool that can be easily manipulated by wealthy politicians.
“Everyone understands the times we are in, so IPAC cannot exactly be an exception to being a willing tool for hire, as we have since found out on good authority that a princely sum of N50 million was offered to the inter-party advisory body by its paymaster to reactivate this falsehood.
“The financial gratification, according to an insider, was offered only to a select few within the leadership to the exclusion of the general members of the state chapter of IPAC.
“As a quasi-court or ombudsman to political parties, one would expect IPAC to have focused its energy on playing the role of a conciliator and reconcile a splintered opposition in the state with its national body. But no!
“Funnily, it has redefined its activities to include but not limited to blackmail and an abject vender of falsehood, as long as there is a willing payer. ”
In response to the allegations made by the Cross Rivers State government, IPAC held another press conference in Calabar to deny the claims.
IPAC Chairman, Anthony Bissong Attah, stated that the accusations of being paid to demand access to the BVAS machines are false. Instead, he claimed that IPAC is being accused of accepting money from sponsors because it raised suspicions about the complicity of the state APC government and security agencies, particularly the police.
He also said that INEC’s refusal to grant IPAC’s request to inspect the machines and record the IMEI numbers of all 3281 machines raises doubts about INEC’s credibility to conduct the upcoming general election in the state.
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