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AC Leads 43 Parties Against PDP For 2011 In Rivers

By Austine Onuarumi in Port Harcourt

As activities towards the 2011 general elections gather momentum, over 43 Political Parties in Rivers State yesteday agreed to enter into political alliance with the sole aim of wrestling power from the PDP -led government in the state.

The group also maintained that the move is geared towards improving the well- being of the people of the state.

Speaking at an official forum in Port Harcourt, the Chairman of the coalition, Dr Davis Ibiamu disclosed that henceforth,the “forty three Political Parties are now in opposition, having voluntarily harmonized their political ideologies, programs and values under one new strong and well organized umbrella body known as the ''forum of organized opposition political Parties''.

He said that the alliance will improve opposition politics for the state and make governance, disciplined, purposeful its focus.

The group added that that the emergence of the umbrella body is the result of a well coordinated discussion and adoption of Prince Tonye Princewill as the leader and chairman of the Board of trustees.

Ibiamu said that the forum will foster unity and progress amongst member's political parties to work diligently with all partners in Rivers State irrespective of their political divide and provide virile and constructive criticism when needed to the government in power.

The Chairman of the coalition who further stated that the allaince has a burring zeal to answer the clarion call to make Rivers a better and peaceful state,commended Governor Amaechi for accommodating opposition parties in the state and involving them in the scheme of things.

The state governor,Hon Chubuike Amaechi who was represented by the secretary to the state Government Hon Maguns Abbe said that the Rivers State electoral commission chose men of credible character to ensure free and fair election in the state.

He said that the present government is prepared to accommodate opposition in cases of appointments.

The governor urged the people to give support to the present governor as it is bent on executing developmental projects in the state.

He commended the forum stressing that it would be of great advantage to the state as it will define the political landscape of the state