Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Abia State chapter has elected Rev. Augustine Ehiemere as the new chairman of the group.
Ehiemere, the chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, polled 24 votes to beat his rival, Gilbert Chikezie Chris of the Independent Democrats, who got 23 votes.
Tension rose at the premises of the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Umuahia, venue of the election last Friday when Ehiemere was prevented from gaining entrance into the Conference Room of INEC until a call was put across to the National chairman of APGA, Ozomkpu Victor Oye, who confirmed that Ehiemere was the authentic chairman of APGA in Abia.
The election which was earlier scheduled to hold last Monday but was shifted to last Tuesday had to be put off when Barr. Nnanna Ukaegbu emerged at INEC brandishing a court order which recognized him as the chairman of APGA in Abia.
After consultations, Abia State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Joseph Iloh and an IPAC National Officer, Chief Joseph Anyanwu, who was sent to conduct the election, advised that the exercise be put off that day to allow for further consultations.
The development made Ehiemere to accuse INEC of pandering to the antics of the outgone chairman, Chief Emeka Okafor, who, he alleged had boasted that “he had INEC in his pocket.”
Swiftly, Iloh described such talk as “madness,” emphasisng that no one could pocket INEC.
Everyone left and the election was finally held last Friday where Chief Chidi Nwosu was elected the Deputy Chairman.
Okafor, however, told newsmen that he never said he would pocket INEC, but said that was not consulted when the election was fixed for last Monday.