By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has declared that his administration would no longer partner and disburse its usual annual grants to political parties under the umbrella of the Forum of Registered Political Parties (FRPP) in the state.
Dropping the bombshell, Special Adviser to the governor on Inter-Party Relations, Dr. Emmanuel Mafiana, in a press statement in Asaba yesterday, said:Â â€œIn an enlarged interactive meeting with about 36 political party stakeholders in my office on 25 November 2009, all the 36 political parties in attendance in that meeting individually and collectively denounced their membership of the FRPP, and that the issue of the Forum is now a thing of the past in the state.
â€œTheir reason being that the Forum can only be led by the chairman of a political party and to that effect, they said Prince Obaro Unuafe is neither a chairman nor secretary of a party to be qualified to either lead or be a member of the association.
â€œIn the circumstance of the above and until the association properly reconstitutes itself, my office and the government of Delta State would cease to partner with it forthwith and the public is so warned.â€
He said governmentâ€™s decision was in consonance with his first welcome address in an interactive meeting of all political party stakeholders with Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2007.
That his office would not hesitate to discountenance with such association the moment they were found wanting or doing things capable of distracting government.