Sunday, June 30, 2013

Merger: Bribery allegation rocks CPC camp

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A faction of the Congress for Progressive Change on Friday alleged that the Prince Tony Momoh-led group was inducing officialsof the Independent National Electoral Commission with cash to facilitate its merger with other two political parties.
The factional spokesperson for the Senator Rufai Hanga-led group,  Mr. Aghanya Dennis, made this allegation in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
But in a swift reaction, the Momoh-led CPC, which is recognised by INEC, asked him to report to the police if he was sure of his allegation.
Dennis said, “It has come to our knowledge that two former ministers in the Tony Momoh camp, who are also at the forefront of the All ProgressivesCongress’ merger arrangement, have concluded plans with one or two topofficials of INEC to circumvent the stipulation of the electoral act concerning returning the original CPC certificate before joining the merger.
“According to our source from INEC, the former ministers have doled out huge sums of money to the affected INEC officials, who in turn promised them that they would ensure that the issue of who is in possession of the original registration certificate of the CPC would be manipulated as if INEC is not aware that the Hanga CPC faction is in existence or that there is any existing court case on the national leadership of the CPC.”
He appealed to security agencies to watch closely the activities of the group.
But a chieftain of the CPC and former governorship candidate of the party in Enugu State, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said Dennis should be bold enough to report his findings to the police or other security agencies.
While describing Dennis as a hired hand, Okechukwu asked the supporters of the yet-to-be-registered party not to panic because of the antics of those he described as “agents of other parties.”
Culled: Punchng

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