By Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
Opposition political Parties in Bauchi State have alleged that the Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) is non-functional in Bauchi state.
The State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Hamza Akoshi, who stated this at the weekend in an Interview with Newsmen in Bauchi, stressed that IPAC is not functioning in Bauchi state unlike other states of the federation.
"IPAC is not functioning in the state because the essence of establishing IPAC was to collate or bring all the parties together, ruling and opposition but unfortunately the chairman of IPAC is from the ruling party unlike other states that the chairman comes from opposition. So you don't expect it to be effective in the state", he said.
Akoshi alleged that, for ones the Chairman has not called for a meeting.
He said, "Since he was elected as the IPAC Chairman no meeting has been held in the state ever since, and no invitation has reached us, we could not reached him neither because, no IPAC office is in the state".
Adding that, "It's through the Inter-Party Advisory Council that we sort out many issues that affect the state, we fellowship there and try to bring harmonious relationship between the parties under the council but, this is just the extension of APC."
Also speaking, the Bauchi State Secretary of New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Mahmood Babamaji, said the Inter-Party Advisory Council only exists at the National Level, but, it is not working in Bauchi.
"In Bauchi state IPAC is led by the ruling party APC, hence, it is not so effective because, the leadership would not be in opposion to any state policy or any form of opposition but, if it were headed by the opposition political parties, they would have make difference." Mahmood had argued.
In a swift reaction however, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Organizing Secretary of the state, Abdulkadir Gyanggyang, said the ruling party and IPAC leadership are doing what is desirable for the state that is why there is no much noise among the political parties.
He explained that, "the leadership of IPAC is working, which I am a member. Election was conducted where all the parties in the state participated, and it was supervise by INEC that gave the mantle of leadership to APC Chairman, who is doing well in terms of bringing all parties together to work towards development of the state".
He described the accusations as baseless and unfounded saying, "let them come and joined hands with the IPAC leadership and moved the state forward".
Meanwhile, the IPAC secretary in Bauchi state, Musa Mato, told journalists that IPAC has full structure, with all the leadership on ground.
Mato, who is also the Chairman of United Nigeria People's Party in the state, pointed out that IPAC is not truly functioning because it is currently led by the ruling APC party Chairman.