ByÂ Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”The Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in Edo State has denied allegation by the state government that it was being funded by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Samson Isibor, the coalition stressed that the CRPP was made up of 25 registered political parties in the state and not an appendage of the PDP or the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) as alleged in an interview by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation last weekend.
The coalition asserted that it would not be intimidated irrespective of the allegations made against it.
It would be recalled that the Chairman of the CRPP, Dr. Isibor, was arrested last week by the police in Benin for alleged defamatory statements against Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Consequently, the PDP in the state and the CRPP accused the state government of muzzling the opposition.
But reacting swiftly, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, said that the allegation that the state government was muzzling the opposition was an attempt to distort the facts, explaining that Isibor was arrested because he alleged that the governor recruited cultists into his cabinet was, therefore, arrested tom prove his allegation.
However, Isibor stated that â€œthe CRPP is made up of state chairmen and secretaries of about 25 political parties registered in Edo state.
â€œThese CRPP chairmen can never be bought over by any group or individual. The CRPP will not relent to criticize this administration constructively, so the insinuation that the body is being sponsored by the PDP is just another propaganda against the good intentions of this body by the state government. But we will resist any attempt by any body to cow usâ€.