June 11, 2009

Opposition parties urged to stop promoting unpopular govt

By Festus Ahon

UGHELLI—OPPOSITION parties in Nigeria have been told to stop promoting unpopular governments in power and wake up to the challenges of displacing ruling party during election.

Speaking during the inauguration of Ughelli South Local Government chapter of the Forum of Registered Political Parties at Otu-Jeremi, Delta State, Olorogun Victor Okumagba, stated that “opposition is so weakened by self-defeat in the thought that the ruling party has the machineries of government, including public fund, public security agencies and more brutal force at their disposal during elections, and as a result do not even put up a fight before conceding defeat to the ruling party”.

He spoke at the inauguration of the local government chapter of opposition parties in the country.

While describing the opposition as non-progressives and dishonorable, Okumagba said  “if the ruling party has not been able to displace the opposition in Lagos State, if the opposition could reclaim its mandate from the ruling party in Ondo and Edo state, then it was high time the opposition in Delta state got down to business and stop trading their conscience too cheaply to the incumbent.

Okumagba, who was chairman of the inauguration ceremony, reiterated that because of the defeatist mind set of opposition parties that the ruling party could never be challenged and displaced during elections, they often fail to prepare and put machineries in motion to defeat the ruling party.

In his brief remark, the Ughelli South local government chapter chairman, Mr. Oshetigho M. Djegbe, promised to render quality service to the people and assured that he and his fellow executive council members would not betray the confidence reposed in them.