I Professor Ambassador Iyorwuese 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 party leaders of the SDP to support the APC in the forth coming 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 is 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 Mashood 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. I call on all SDP supporters nationwide to reject being sold to slavery, incipient dictatorship, oppression and recurrent insecurity.
This unpopular arbitrary decision of a few insensitive and wantonly parasitic party leaders is a grave betrayal of loyal SDP members nationwide who have endured senseless arbitrariness, terrible greed and the painful process of building the party. I feel this betrayal personally and viscerally.
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 instead support and vote for the PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar next week 16th February.
Ambassador Professor Iyorwuese Hagher Ph.D OON FIMC FSONTA CMC
SDP Presidential Aspirant for the 2019 Elections.
Former Senator of the Federal Republic and former Minister and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Canada.