The Social Democratic Party, SDP, Rivers State Chapter is poised to take over the Structures built prior to 1993 Presidential elections won by Chief MKO Aboila, famous Presidential Candidate of SDP who won the June 12 free and fairest election.
Speaking to news hands in Bonny during the One Year Anniversary of the new SDP Administration in Rivers State last month, the State Chairman of SDP Hon. Solsuema Osaro called on the Federal Government of President Muhammad Buhari to direct Federal Government Agencies in the SDP Secretariats in Rivers State to vacate the premises so the Social Democratic Party can occupy the Secretariats.
“We are here at SDP Hospital Road in Bonny. From any part of Bonny, this place is called SDP. This is because of the monumental edifice built for SDP and in the Name of SDP before the historical 1993 Election.”
He maintained that “we are here as a mark of honour and in memory of our departed legend and democracy hero, Chief MKO Abiola, GCFR. We had a one-minute silence and thereafter inspected the building. This building is as old as SDP. Unfortunately, it not properly maintained and its now dilapidated, looking dirty and can pass shanties.”
The State Chairman further expressed the desire of the Party to rehabilitate the SDP Secretariats when request is granted. “We are going to rehabilitate the SDP Secretariats and make then democracy tourist monuments and bequeath same for generations unborn and for the remembrance of our democratic journey from military rule to civilian rule.”
Also speaking, the SDP LGA Chairman of Bonny Elder Lawrence Alibo thanked the National Chairman of SDP Prof. Tunde Adeniran and the National Working Committee for appointing Hon. Solsuema Osaro as the State Chairman and said the SDP Family of Bonny are very happy to have the State Chairman marked his 1year Anniversary in Bonny.
“SDP in Bonny is revived and we are marching forward. The State Chairman, Hon Solsuema Osaro Esq is a man with integrity and vision and we are ready to join efforts with him to take SDP higher in Rivers State. I thank him for the visit to the Old SDP Secretariat in Bonny and we join voices to call on stakeholders to allow the party takeover the Secretariat and maintain it. The building is in the name of SDP and we as a party are entitled to occupy it”.
The State Chairman Hon. Solsuema Osaro thanked President Muhammad Buhari GCFR for making June 12 Democracy Day in Nigeria, the posthumous recognition of Chief MKO Abiola, the recognition of Alhaji Babagana Kingibe GCON and the naming of the National Stadium after MKO Abola. “We want the President to direct all the security operatives using SDP Secretariats to vacate the buildings so SDP can occupy same. So long as SDP is in existence, it is our inheritance and our right to use same should not be hindered. The President can do this.”
Lending his voice, the Chairman of LGA Chairmen Forum, Rivers State and the Degema SDP Chairman, Rev. John Yellowe praised the SDP leaders and members of Bonny LGA for standing tall among the LGAs. He said the three days party activities in Bonny and the overwhelming participation shows that SDP is alive in Bonny and he charged other LGAs to cue from the Bonny example.
By John Ollor Obe