Cross River North: IPAC Chairman Speaks On Receiving N50 Million From Jarigbe
Read the entire statement below:
WHY DID I LEAVE THE MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR’S SPECIAL ADVISER ON INTER PARTY INTERFERENCE?
I awoke this morning to an influx of calls from various sources requesting my opinion on two “odd” media stories based on the long-running Cross River North Senatorial by-election saga. As normal, I explained everything to friends, well-wishers, and skeptics alike.
I also got a call from Mr. Sunday Michael, the Special Adviser to the Governor, who happens to be a friend of mine. Later, he invited me to a conference of political parties in the hopes of breaking the deadlock. I thought it was a good idea and sought advice from some IPAC board members. They argued that the notice was insufficient, and they raised concerns about the location, which was to be held in the SA Inter Party’s private office.
At the very least, I decided to attend the meeting in my personal capacity to clear the air. During the meeting, the SA expressed his disappointment that IPAC, under my leadership, could consider going to Abuja to protest without his knowledge, and he demanded more information about the rumored 50 million naira offered by Rt Hon Jarigbe Agom as an inducement to protest in the National Assembly. I slammed the door in his face and demanded to leave for two reasons: first, I objected to the meeting being held in his private office rather than the SA Inter Party’s designated office, and second, he said I was battling ‘government.’
Let it be known that when the issue of protests at the National Assembly came up in our meeting, I proposed a meeting with both parties as a leader. However, I was overwhelmed by the majority’s belief that IPAC needed to take a firm stance in favor of moving to the National Assembly. The meeting was postponed until a later date. Let me also state that, contrary to popular belief, the Inter Party Advisory Council has jurisdiction over this issue (IPAC). We have every right to ventilate and interrogate everything that has to do with politics as an umbrella body for ALL political parties in Nigeria.
Ordinarily, I would not comment on Hon Jarigbe Agom’s alleged 50 million naira mobilization, but since it affects my hard-won reputation, it’s necessary to state without fear of contradiction that I know nothing about the money. It’s a sham and a piece of cheap propaganda. At the very least, I am not aware of any funds being made available.
Although my position as Chairman of IPAC will remain impartial, I will always be on the side of justice and fairness. We want a better Cross River State, one that is peaceful and just.
Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), CRS, Comrade Anthony Bissong Attah
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