The Rivers State Inter-Party Advisory Council has been hit with a fresh leadership crisis.
Making this known while speaking with the Daily Post, the Rivers State Chairman of IPAC, Solsuema Osaro, described the Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State, Aaron Chukwuemeka, as an imposter, posing to be the state chairman of IPAC.
Osaro, who also serves as the State chairman of the Social Democratic Party, stated this, in reacting to the recent visit to the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, led by the self-acclaimed IPAC state chairman, Chukwuemeka, and chairmen of some other political parties in the state, including the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Tony Okocha.
The faction of IPAC led by Chukuemeka, had paid a visit to RSIEC recently, to confirm its level of preparation for the upcoming local government election in the state.
Reacting to the development during his interview, Osaro restated that he was duly appointed, the state chairman of IPAC by the national after the executives led by former PDP chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, were dissolved in 2023.
The Rivers SDP Chairman however called for the resignation of Chukwuemeka as the state chairman of PDP, for misleading the public.
“I wish to state categorically that Mr. Aaron Chukwuemeka, the less than three acting PDP state chairman, is not the chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Rivers State.
“I have been the recognised IPAC chairman since July 26, 2023, when the national leadership of IPAC appointed me to fill the vacuum that was created upon the dissolution of the state executive of IPAC led by Ambassador Desmond Akawor.
“I want the general public to know that Mr. Chukwuemeka Aaron is an impostor. He is a political bandit on the highway of IPAC.
“He is not fit to be the chairman of PDP in Rivers State because he has lied to the public, he has deceived the party he is leading, and he has deceived the people of Rivers State,” he said.
The National leadership of IPAC had in a letter in 2023, confirmed Osaro as the new chairman of the group in the state, and the letter also contained the dissolution of the Akawor-led executives.
The Akawor-led executive was dissolved after it adopted a singular governorship candidate for the March 18, 2023, election.