Indication emerged that with the joining of 43 political parties to form a Government of National Unity (GNU) with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Accord Party may have suffered a set back in its struggle to gain relevance in the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Forum of Organised Opposition Political Parties at the weekend in Port Harcourt, Chief Davies Ikanya, chairman of the forum, stated that the body will provide a new improved opposition politics for the state.
Ikanya urged other remaining opposition political parties to join the unity government in order to deliver the state from political bondage.
He reasoned that the ruling party under Rt Hon Chuibuike Rotimi Amaechi has demonstrated cross-party friendship, which he said, should provide other political parties in the state to join hands to right the wrongs.
According to him, other opposition political parties should sheath their sword and build on the friendship already in existence in the PDP led administration in the state.
He commended the ruling party under the Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi for the wonderful work he is doing in virtually every facet of the people lives in the state.
Ikanya also outlined the aims of the Forum of Organised Opposition Political Party to restore glory and integrity of the state by encouraging participatory true democracy.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Magnus Abe assured the organised opposition political parties that the government is ready to consider nomination from the opposition when the executive council is reconstituted.
Abbe, who represented the state governor commended the forum of organised opposition political parties for joining the GNU, adding that, the government will cooperate to guarantee an enviable democratic environment, where one-man one-vote counts.
He called on the orgainsed opposition political parties to partner with the government to ensure free and fair election in future.
The Tide gathered that the forum of organised opposition political parties was born on 26th April, 2009, when political parties under the auspices of the coalition of Registered Political Parties in Rivers State led by Chief Alaye Harry and those under the auspices conference on Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) led by Chief Tamuno Roberts, came together to discuss the prospect of electoral loss, unity government and the need to stimulate cooperation among opposition political parties.
The gathering was a role call of who is who in the political arena in the state. The political Big Wigs include Prince Tonye J.T.J. Princewill, leader and Chairman of Board of Trustees, Chief Davies Ibiama Ikanya, Barr. Ledum Mittee, (Chairman/Technical Committee on Niger Delta), Chairmen of political parties and members of political parties across the 23 local government areas.