Fresh Cracks Rock Opposition In Rivers


A fresh crack seems to have crept into the ranks of the opposition group in Rivers State, following what appears to be an internal wrangling stemming from the leaders of the group.

Under the umbrella body, tagged Forum of Organised Opposition Political Parties (FOOPP), the group decided to close ranks earlier this year in support of the unity government led by Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in 2007, Prince Tonye Princewill.

But just few months after the marriage between the Conference of National Political Parties (CNPP) led by Chief Tamuno Roberts and Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) led by Alaye Harry, there seems to be no love list among the groups recently.

The Tide On Sunday authoritatively gathered that problems started few weeks after the group paid a courtesy visit to the Rivers State Governor during which an undisclosed amount was allegedly given by the State chief executive.

It was learnt that some groups among the body had clamoured for the sharing of the largesse and only ended up getting below their expectation while some got nothing at all.

Irked by this development, The Tide On Sunday was reliably informed that the CRPP group had always complained about how they were shortchanged only to be told that the money would be reserved in the coffers of the opposition political parties in the state.

Unfortunately things got worse few months ago, when the list for Christian Pilgrimage was requested and each party under the forum numbering about 43 was asked to nominate about two persons for the exercise.

An inside source told Tide On Sunday that even when the nomination was trimmed  down to one person, all the nominees of the parties were turned down except those from a prominent opposition political party in the state, numbering about 20 were alleged to have scaled its nominees, through the hurdle.

It was this development that  actually broke the camel’s back earlier last week, when the Alaye Harry group allegedly raised an alarm over what it described as pure deceit and ploy by FOOPP leadership to use its members achieve personal ends.

Chief Alaye Harry leader of the Nigeria Advanced Party (NAP) had at a weekly  Editor’s Roundtable organised by Love FM last Thursday declared that they were pulling out from the forum.

He, however, declared support to the Governor Amaechi government, stressing that “we are not fighting this government”.