The attention of the national leadership of our great party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has been drawn to a false and misleading report in a video that is making the rounds in the social media, to the effect that some State and Local Government Officers of our party in Rivers State have defected to the ruling PDP, and visited Governor Nyesome Wike on Saturday March 11, 2023.
The blatant lies and spurious claims made by those unknown characters who were visibly seen to lack the confidence of facing the camera in the video, and who obviously, are a gang of paid fraudsters and impostors hired and financially induced to assemble in the Government House to paint a picture of the SDP and our Governorship Candidate, Distinguished Senator Magnus Abe as no longer popular as the man to beat ahead of the next Governorship and House of Assembly elections holding on Saturday March 18, 2023 is one of the many tragic shenanigans of the ruling party in the State. Apparently, the ignoble trademark of brashness, uncouthness, intimidation, arm-twisting and browbeating of the arrogant and self-styled Emperor of the State have failed him (in his difficult task of imposing his stooge on the Rivers people) and have become counterproductive in pushing his flawed and fading popularity narrative.
This DISCLAIMER, therefore, becomes necessary to let the Rivers people and the general public know that the purported defection and endorsement by the unknown faces who claimed to be SDP Officers in River State, is untrue and should be disregarded. Those individuals, who incontrovertibly, were sponsored to visit the government House, a place which sadly, has become the ATM Centre for wheeler-dealers politicians in the prevailing mercantilist game of an administration that is reputed for the indecorous orientation of it’s Sole Administrator! It is undeniable that the leader of the ruling PDP in the state who has the notoriety of always putting a price tag on everyone, is manifestly and pitiably fighting a lost battle against our Candidate who is holding the ace – the distinguished Senator Magnus Abe that has overwhelmingly won over the hearts and unflinching admiration of the Rivers electorate who have resolved to welcome a fresh breadth of governance with refined nobility and admirable dignifying character which Abe represents.
The Rivers people have loudly expressed with rapturous ecstasy at every juncture during the campaigns, their preference and have endorsed the SDP and Candidate Magnus Abe as their next governor, on account of his outstanding high standard, proven capacity, competence and strength of character. It is important to also remind the Rivers people not to forget the publicly made assertion by the Nigerian Military, of having a record of “daring attempted heavy financial inducements to compromise security agencies in the state”! It is aso instructive to note that the national leadership of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), also on Saturday March 11, 2023, disolved the Rivers State chapter of the Council, on account of “gross misconduct and violation of the Provisions of the Council’s 2021 Revised Code of Conduct” when the compromised chapter executive Members “adopted” the PDP Governorship Candidate. Little wonder, therefore, that the ruling party would easily dole out tempting largesse to a group of political nonenties and jobbers to help them in pushing their concorted falsehood into the public space about non-existent defection by any of the esteemed state and local government officers of the party in Rivers State to join in the endorsement! In the light of the foregoing disclaimer, therefore, the SDP family and the general Rivers electorate are hereby enjoined to continue strongly in their House-to-House campaigns and vigorously push through to the finishing line, their bold resolve to come out in their numbers, to cast their votes for Senator Magnus Abe as the next governor, and also for all the SDP assembly candidates so as to establish a new order of civility and accountable governance, and to restore the proud dignity and noble heritage of the in Rivers people.There is no stopping the White Horse in it’s journey to the Rivers State Government House, deo volente.
We salute the courage of conviction of the Rivers people, and proudly stand with them as they vote for the refreshing hope which Senator Magnus Abe brings.
Signed: AmbassadorRufus B. Aiyenigba, National Publicity Secretary, SDP 11/03/2023