As the various political parties await the start of campaigns for next year governorship election, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers State, Distinguished Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has revealed that a clergyman prophesied he would govern the State in 2023.
Speaking during the Flag-off and Dedication Service of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Campaign at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Garrison in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Abe said the Bishop of Ogoni Diocese of the Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. Sunaidelo Gberegbara told him several years ago that he would become governor of Rivers State.
“Several years ago, the Bishop invited me to his house and told me that the same way he saw that he will become a Bishop, is the same way he has seen that I will be a governor”, he said.
He described Gberegbara as not just his Bishop ‘because I am officer of the Diocese of Ogoni’, but noted that the Bishop is somebody that God has used to impact strongly on his life and political journey.
“My lord, I thank you for that prophesy said many years ago, and I want to tell you that we are on that journey today. I am sure I have embarrassed you today, but I wanted people to know that you said it and the journey has started and we will get there”, he said as the congregation roared ‘amen’.
Expressing his deep appreciation to everyone who made it to the dedication service despite the less than 48 hours notice, Abe said he is more elated considering that he never fathomed such crowd because of the size of the cathedral.
He said the SDP had every reason to dedicate the campaigns and thank God as according to him, those who knew how they started would appreciate the need for the Thanksgiving to the Almighty.
His words, “Those who knew the efforts made to frustrate us, to make it impossible for us to present ourselves before Rivers people as candidates for the 2023 general election will know that it is important to come and thank God even for the honour and privilege of being on the ballot. It was not as easy as it will look.
“Those who had power had already decided that we will never contest this election because everybody had been afraid, and according to what someone said to me, “we know that if you contest, you will win, but tell me, how would get the ticket?”
Senator Abe said God answered that question as he had the ticket, and on the ballot, and would contest and “would win”.
On the flooding that has ravaged particularly the Orashi region of the state, Senator Abe regretted that flood has become a biannual ritual, and urged government to address the problem once and for all.