From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Conference of Nigeria Political Patties (CNPP), Kogi state chapter, has promised to offer positive and credible opposition to the ruling party in the state.
The new state interim Chairman of the CNPP, Comrade Muhammed Kabir Abdullahi, made the promise when he led other Executive Committee members of the organised opposition parties, on a familiarization visit to Kogi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Lokoja yesterday.
The chairman who vowed to offer constructive criticism on the activities of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, expressed disappointment over what he described as “illicit conniavance” with the ruling parties by the past CNPP leaderships to defraud the people of the state, barring his mind to engage the ruling party in areas they may lose focus.
Abdullahi who noted with dismay the unfriendly relationship existing between the Kogi state government and the press, promised to intercede to enable a robust and good working relationship for the benefit of the government and the governed.
Comrade Abdullahi advised the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to embrace the press as no government has fought the press to success.
He solicited the support and cooperation of the Journalists in the struggle ahead to create conducive environment for genuine democracy in Kogi state.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kogi state council, Alhaji Adeiza Momoh Jimoh, while welcoming the politicians, congratulated them on their election to serve as the umbrella of the opposition political parties in the state.
While urging the new CNPP EXCO to live up to expectations , equally challenged them to be a formidable opposition devoid of violence.
He assured the CNPP leadership of the cooperation of the practicingJournalists in the state as they discharge their duties in accordance with the law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.