From Msughshima Andrew, Makurdi
The Benue State Chapter of Social Democratic Party, (SDP) has presented Dr Stephen Terungwa Hwande as their flagbearer for the 2019 gubernatorial election.
Speaking during the official presentation of the flagbearer at the party secretariat in Makurdi, on Saturday, State Chairman, Engr. John Enemari said the party has confident that they will win the 2019 governorship election with Hwande on the saddle.
Enemari said the SDP is coming on board to provide quality leadership that will translate into visible developments in the state.
He said the level of insecurity and poverty in Benue is heightened by poor managerial ability of the present leadership but said the state will witness huge turnarounds when SDP takes over.
The SDP chairman who extolled the virtues and legacies of Rev. Fr. Moses Adasu, a one time Benue Governor under SDP, urged the people of Benue State not to sell their votes adding that the voters must be wise to ensure the victory of the SDP come 2019.
He also appealed to party supporters and members, particularly those who contested, (those who won and those who lost) to eschew bitternes, keep faith, stay with the party and work together towards achieving set target which is victory for the SDP come 2019.
The gubernatorial candidate, Stephen Hwande, in his declaration speech thanked party leaders and members for finding him worthy to fly the party flag to victory.
“I am humbled by the reconciliation of interest to collectively pursue a genuine cause to the benefit of all and I pledge to upheld the party manifesto which upholds unity, peace and progress as values for reconciliation”, he said.
Dr Hwande said he was provoked by the stoking of experience of a failed system and its calamities and equally prompted to provide a workable and dynamic alternative that will deepen democratic governance in the state.
He said his four year recovery plan will be anchored on knowledge economy to pursue a five point agenda in areas of agriculture, education, industrialization, health care delivery system and youth empowerment scheme.
He urged the Benue public to support him in ushering in a new direction, a new dimension, a new narrative of a paradigm shift which he is bringing through the SDP to restore, re-invigorate and transform Benue from a traditional to a modern state.