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Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River State

Cross River State IPAC gives Ayade, APC 48 hours ultimatum

Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River State
By Sixtus Uket (Calabar)

Cross River State Chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has given the State Government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) 48 hours to retract the allegations that it received the sum of N50 million from an unnamed opposition political party to blackmail the state government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the issue of the location of Bimodal Vote Accreditation System (BVAS) machines in the state.
IPAC gave the ultimatum in a statement entitled: “IPAC gives Governor Ben Ayade 48 hours to retract N50 million bribery allegation or face legal action,” signed by its Chairman, Comrade Anthony Bissong Attah and Secretary, Pastor Ntami Esege and made available to Global Patriot Newspapers, Thursday in Calabar, the State capital.
“Recall that on Tuesday, 7th February, 2023, a Press Statement emanating from Cross River State Government alleged that IPAC was given the sum of 50 million naira by an opposition political party to blackmail the government and the electoral umpire over the whereabouts of BVAS machines deployed to the state by INEC.
“Ordinarily, we would have dismissed the careless, unguarded and irrational statement from an administration that is still grappling with what to present as a scorecard to millions of Cross Riverians after a whooping 7 years and 9 months in office, but the need to protect our hard earned integrity and to also set the records straight has denied our conscience the luxury of introversion,” the statement stated.
It further alleged that the sole intention of the allegation was to harass, intimidate and distract the Council from its strong resolve to expose the plans to rig the 2023 general elections.
“It is obvious even to the most terribly uninformed that the sole intention of this allegation is to harass, harangue, intimidate and distract IPAC from our strong resolve to expose the well orchestrated plans to rig the 2023 general election,” it noted.
It stressed that if the State Governor and the APC failed to retract the statement and tender an apology within 48 hours, IPAC would be left with no option than seek redress in court as well as hold a World Press Conference to expose how APC chieftains have been lobbying IPAC to compromise the 2023 electoral process.
“It should be noted that if the Governor and his party refuses to retract this statement and tender an unalloyed apology to us within 48 hours, we would be left with no option than to seek redress in court as well as hold a World Press Conference where we would give full details of how APC chieftains have been lobbying IPAC to compromise the 2023 electoral process.
“As a matter of fact, IPAC is fully prepared to throw excreta on a revolving fan,” the statement said.
“We maintain our stance on the BVAS and commit only to the process that will lead to a free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful election. We do not intend to make everybody happy because we are not selling ice cream,” it also stated.

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