Rivers state governorship candidate on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, said he has so far recorded over 200,000 members into his election project tagged ‘SMA 2023 General Elections.’
Abe, during SDP extraordinary stakeholders meeting at the weekend in Port Harcourt, disclosed that the SMA project founded about three months ago hit the whooping membership record indicating his popularity despite all he suffered in the hands of some forces in the state who attempted to silence his political ambition.
The governorship hopeful and his state executives disclosed this when he played host to members from the national level, thousands of old and new members drawn from 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said the meeting was called for consolidation of the party’s platform and processes for the 2023 general elections, stating in confidence that the party is ready to take over government from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Abe said to his audience: “SDP has come to change the narratives in the clueless government in the state, SDP is not an obscure or a new party as erroneously believed in the state.
He stressed that “it is a moving train and that is why we as old and experienced political leaders have come to grow it bigger in Nigeria and Rivers State.
“The future of Rivers state is bigger than any party, therefore, SDP in this dispensation will not give room to any selfish political leader to rule the state by proxy.
“Our membership record speaks volume for the party beginning from my deputy Dr. Patricia Ogbonnaya to the national chairman of the party, down to the executives at the state levels”, Abe noted.
He appealed to members holding offices in the party from this early stage to remain focused and work harder to deliver the state to SDP as a family, assuring that the party was large enough to accommodate more eligible members into more offices during and after elections.
The Ogoni-born politician reminded his guests that the party’s manifestos, among others, is to takeover government and give a new lease of life to the sorry state of education, job opportunities and general progress of people in the state.
“To achieve this dream, we must all go back to our Local Government Areas and wards to consolidate on our mobilization project, our SMA membership has hit over 200,000 and Rivers State is already quaking so we must overwhelm other parties with our voting strength come 2023”, Abe said.