By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Citizens Popular Party (CPP) in Edo state yesterday disagreed with the Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in the state over claims that Governor Adams Oshiomhole had performed below expectations so far, describing the latter as an appendage ofÂ PDP.
The CPP in a statement signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Elder Francis Omokhua, wondered where the CRPP was when the PDPÂ misruled the state in the last ten years and described their assessment of the eight months administration of the Comrade governor as bias and far from the truth.
According to the party, â€œin the catastrophic press conference addressed recently by Mr. Isibor, the CRPP betrayed its masquerade disposition by displaying outright alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party.
â€œThis was more evident by the condemnation of the Akoko Edo election result when, in fact, the Isibor-led Democratic Peopleâ€™s Party (DPP) did not participate in the re-run exercise.
â€œWhere were Isibor and his masquerade CRPP when the Court of Appeal sacked Prof. Osunborâ€™s administration which rigged out all popular candidates of the opposition parties during the December 2007 local government councils elections.
â€œSome distinguished members of the Peoples Democratic Party were patriotic enough to deploy or condemn the blatant flaws that greeted the exercise”.
It, therefore, amounts to selective amnesia, a disposition by which a politician hypocritically presents himself as a radical-saint at a particular circumstance and close his eyes at another.
â€œThis is to say the least unfortunate and unhealthy culture for the growth of our democracy.â€
The party added that â€œthe allegation against the government over the purchase of jeeps for political leaders and the malicious criticism of the beautification projects for Benin City is to the best of our partyâ€™s knowledge a self-serving mission, which will obviously produce disservice.
â€œLet us advise that, in as much as it is crucial and an exercise of our rights and freedoms to criticize governmentâ€™s actions or inactions, we must embark on such exercises with a great degree of decorum and a modicum of frankness and caution.
â€œIf the CRPP wants to be fair to itself, Isibor should have seen that Benin City is no longer an ancient city.
The beautification project of the state government has changed the face of the city and at least, for the first time in the last ten years, the people of the state have seen good governance and prudent management of our resources, unlike during the tenure of the PDP led government.â€