The gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has described the party as the fastest growing political party in the state.
Abe, who said this while addressing the SDP national leadership in Abuja, during his appreciation visit, said the party had fulfilled its mandate as a social democratic organization to improve democratic practices in the country.
The gubernatorial candidate expressed his gratitude to the party leadership for giving him the opportunity to fly the party flag in Rivers State and promised not to disappoint them.
He said: “Sir, I am here today to thank the Social Democratic Party for the privilege and honor you have given me to fly your flag in Rivers State.
“I know this could not have been an easy decision for you given that at any time the party has several options as to who to give their flag and their honor without prejudice, but in your wisdom you choose us give this honor and this privilege.
“I want to assure you that we will not disappoint you. You have kept the faith with us; we know of the many shenanigans, maneuvers and all the intrigues that have been concocted and created in an attempt to prevent us from being the bearer of flag of this party. And we know of the many efforts that you have made, that all kinds of people, real and imagined, have tried to ensure that we do not get on the ballot.
“But I believe this party has fulfilled its mandate as a social democratic organization to improve democratic practices in our country. And give voice to the voiceless, bring hope to the hopeless, bring help to those who need help, open the space for democratic competition in this nation and that’s what you’ve done by giving the people of Rivers this opportunity.
“We want to assure you that we will not disappoint you. Parties, I have said it many times, without people are just buildings with a flag. It is the people who make the strength of the party. I want to make sure, sir, that with what you’ve done today, you’ve opened up the SDP to the people of Rivers.
“As we speak, thousands across Rivers State are now SDP members. It is now the fastest growing political party in Rivers State, and it is the party that will win the elections in Rivers State. I want to assure you that we will win the elections in Rivers State.
“In fact, for three days, people have been calling me to tell me that they are members of the SDP. Today one of our oldest brothers in Rivers State, Atedo Peterside, called me to tell me he was a member of the SDP and to welcome me to the SDP family; I was very happy.
“Let me make it clear, my national president, we are in this party to contribute, we are in this party to strengthen the party, we are in this party to bring victory to this party, we are in this party to to give hope and relief to Nigerians who understand that if we don’t do things differently we will continue to see the same things we have seen before.
“If we want to see what we haven’t seen before, we have to do what we haven’t done before, that’s why today we are in the SDP, because we weren’t here before so we’re doing a new thing and the people of Rivers who haven’t voted SDP before are also ready to do a new thing they too are doing what they haven’t done before so we’re going to do a new thing the May 29, 2023.”
In his response, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, said: “Today is one of the happiest days in the history of the SDP; we believe in doing the right thing and let me also tell you that we will give you all the support you need to enable us to win the gubernatorial election in Rivers State.”
Senator Abe was accompanied during the visit by the party’s former candidate in Rivers State who resigned, Maurice Pronen, former attorney general and commissioner for justice in the state, lawyer Worgu Boms, pastor Boma Pepple and Kennedy Friday.
PARRY SAROH BENSON, ANIPR
Spokesperson for Senator Magnus Ngei Abe
August 6, 2022