Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
A presidential aspirant on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prof. lyorwuese Hagher, has dissociated himself from the decision of the party leadership to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming presidential elections.
Hagher, a former minister and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Canada, while briefing newsmen on Friday in Makurdi described the decision as a ploy to sell the SDP to the APC even as he called on all SDP supporters nationwide to reject being sold into slavery, incipient dictatorship, oppression and recurrent insecurity.
“l, Prof, Ambassador lyorwuese Hagher, an erstwhile presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and my team the “Revolution of Hope,” have received with shock, disbelief and horror, the decision of the leaders of the SDP to support the APC in the forthcoming presidential elections.
“This action totally negates the spirit and the motto of the SDP which is ”Peace Unity and Progress.” The action amounts to one political step forward, two lock steps backwards. This extremely unpopular decision was motivated by nothing more than selfishness, greed and arrogance of the SDP leadership.
“They have killed the social democratic spirit and dream of the SDP to be the third political force in this country. It is no longer the SDP of Moshood Abiola. They have systematically destroyed democracy in the SDP and put up the party for sale.
“As a major stakeholder of the party, I hereby denounce the decision to sell the SDP to the APC. I will never succumb to the pressure to return the country that I loved dearly and wanted to be president to brutal dictatorship and fascism.
Sen. Hagher further described the move as an unpopular, arbitrary decision of a few insensitive and wantonly-parasitic party leaders and a grave betrayal of loyal SDP members nationwide who have endured senseless arbitrariness, terrible greed and the painful process of building the party.
He, therefore, enjoined all SDP supporters nationwide and his supporters to reject being sold into slavery, incipient dictatorship, oppression and recurrent insecurity by rejecting the APC and casting their votes instead for the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“I hereby call on all SDP party faithful nationwide who stand for national cohesion, nation-building, equity and equality and a peaceful Nigeria to vote against the APC and to support and vote for the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar on February 16.