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The founding chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae and former Liaison Officer to ex-President Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, on Thursday, declared that there would be no rigging in the 2023 general elections.
They, therefore, called on politicians to move to the grassroots and campaign.
The elder statesmen stated these at the commissioning of the national secretariat of the SDP in Abuja.
Falae, 84, who spoke after cutting the tape of the new office, said when they decided to revive the SDP some people thought it was going to be impossible but they did it without litigation.
He said, “We have a good presidential candidate in the person of Adewole Adebayo who did not only show the knowledge of the law but history, anthropology, architecture, and other fields.
“The party may not have a governor today, may not be in Aso rock, but the SDP is getting there. Nigeria today is in crisis. You can’t move without being kidnapped. I have been kidnapped for four days in my own farm.
“I traveled to Lagos on foot as a young man without being kidnapped. But at 77, I was kidnapped. A controlling government is not a controlling party. Ask the parties, what is their philosophy, they don’t know it. They don’t have a plan, that’s why things are getting worse.
“The SDP is the only party that can restructure and revive Nigeria. More people will leave the country if things are not put right. More doctors are leaving.
“Politics is about numbers. Bring people to the party and surprise the so-called party because no one will rig the election.
“We have a good chance to deliver Nigeria and help Nigeria from disaster. You have the chance to deliver Nigeria.”
Also speaking, Yakassai, represented by the SDP gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa State, Dr Umar Ardo,
said the SDP should move to the grassroots and campaign adding that with the new electoral act 2022, no one will be able to rig the election.
He said the Electoral Act made it impossible for anyone to rig the election.
“The 2022 Electoral Act is an opportunity for the SDP to make a mark as room for rigging and vote allocation have been tackled.
“What is put in the ballot box is what will be out and announced to the public. Don’t worry about not having governors. Go and talk to the grassroots because they are tired of APC and PDP, they are after alternatives” Yakasai said.
The presidential candidate of the SDP, Prince Adewole Adebayo said what SDP is bringing to Nigerians is just the white horse that signifies victory and prosperity.
He said, “Because poverty is ungodly and unnatural. If we don’t fight poverty, it will produce children which is insecurity. We are back, 30 years later, to open this office for truth, justice, and farewell to poverty.
“If you want to know if I will be a better President, I’ve chosen SDP as a platform and not as a money bag for political parties. I chose a youth banker, Yusuf Salisu Buhari as my running mate.
“The SDP has the young person as the national chairman and I am telling Nigerians that the opportunity you have been looking for is here.
“We will go to all the 774 LGAs and wards and deliver victory to Nigerians where Nigerians will have sound medical care, security, and education.”
The national chairman of SDP, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, while delivering his goodwill message advised the party to go and conquer since it was established during his administration.
“I am happy because one of the parties established is still alive. Keep hope alive, you can navigate through and bring change.
“I don’t see any party defeating the SDP. The array of our governorship candidates who have contested elections before is overwhelming. If you mention any of them, people know them and they will win in SDP. SDP will stand by you.
“We don’t concede defeat. There is no defeat in our dictionary. We started from a very difficult environment. All of us, let’s forget our sentimental issues if we really want to save Nigeria.”
A former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, said weak institutions spread insecurity which is staring the people in the face.
“Our situation, as one can see, required great efforts. That’s why we have a lot of people today who are not members of the SDP but want to put things right”, he said.