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Ogun IPAC Chairman Cautions Police Ahead Of National Election


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - Following the invitation of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) national chairman, Chief Peter Ameh by the Nigerian Police, the Ogun State IPAC chairman, Comrade Abayomi Arabambi has warned the Nigerian Police not to be used as tools to truncate the peaceful electioneering process of the council. 

There was palpable tension on Friday over the police invitation of the incumbent chairman who is seeking re-election ahead of the Tuesday's national election.

According to a report by a national daily, Ameh was reported to have been invited by the police on September 5, 2018, the day of the election of  IPAC that he won, after several unsuccessful attempts to frame him so that he would not be able to contest, as he was supposed to be detained over a petition against him by some members. 

According to him, he has once again been invited by the police on Monday, a day before the election of the new leaders of which he is also a contestant

He said the SMS inviting him stated that he was being invited over the ongoing investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy and criminal misappropriation reported to the Inspector General of Police by some IPAC members.

But Arabambi in a 5-paragraph press release in Abeokuta on Saturday, wondered why the IPAC national chairman was being invited over a petition that has been disowned by one of the purported petitioners and National Chairman of the Independent Democrats (ID), Chief Edozie Madu, who swore an affidavit that his signature was forged to raise the petition.

He expressed surprise that another petition is being raised on the matter that has been resolved by the General Assembly, which is the highest decision making body of IPAC.

"The attention of the Ogun State IPAC has been drawn to the emerging attempt of the Nigeria Police Force to introduce intimidation , harassment and victimisation with a view to illegally influence negatively the possible outcome of the National IPAC election scheduled for tomorrow.

"It is becoming very embarrassing to note that the Nigeria Police is readily willing to collude with some elements within the National and State IPAC at all times to always create tension, fear, anxiety and panic at every IPAC election to make the best candidates distracted enough for the worst to try to emerge victorious.

"The best, the most favoured and very obvious Candidate acknowledged by all as the most likely to win Tuesday's National election of National IPAC , Chief Peter Ameh also the incumbent National Chairman of Progressive People's Alliance (PPA) has been invited by the Police over a petition that its author had since denied by proving that his signature was forged . This petition was also used to invite him a day to the 2018 IPAC election which he won . At that time , the author of the petition insisted he was not the signatory to the petition but the Police are trying to use another arrangee signatory to the same petition in 2019 simply to distract and prevent Chief Peter Ameh from being able to constructively pursue his 2018 electoral ambition .

"Ogun IPAC strongly condemn the Police over this illegally contrived attempt to abuse the rights of an innocent citizen .

"We urge all state chapters and Nigerians to reject this very undemocratic and seeming inclination to abuse of power and offices by the Police to carry out injustice in the National IPAC."

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