The solemn and unprecedented endorsement of Senator Abe by his community fortifies him with the moral audacity and momentum to seek and secure the support of others for his just and fair quest to succeed Governor Nyesom Wike on the 29th of May, 2023 as the next Governor of Rivers State.
Senator Magnus Abe, the hardest and smartest working Governorship Candidate in Rivers has been indefatigably traversing every nook and cranny of the State with his powerful message of partnership for peace and progress and drawing tumultuous support everywhere.
But the significance of the Bera declaration and endorsement yesterday will lend him spiritual and moral fillip to gallop with great momentum as the election draws near.
All recognized segments and leadership structures of the Bera community came together in an unprecedented gathering in which Senator Abe was given community blessing by the clergy.
Council of Chiefs and Elders led by the Paramount Ruler of the Community, youth leader, women leader, the academia, the social and cultural groups with Abe taken to all sacred places in the Community.
Let no one deceive you, every politician worth his salt in Nigeria covets a base, and a secure and strong base provides the springboard on which a politician can achieve great things in an election. Nobody climbs a tree from the top as charity begins at home.
The Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre base of Nyesom Wike in 2015 provided him mileage for the victory he eventually won, even though strictures have been laid against the election of that year for being riddled with manipulation and violence.
In contradistinction to that, Chief Ebenezer Isokariari failed in the 1999 Gubernatorial election in the State of his inability to rally and win in his base. That inability cost him direly.
With the plethora of Governorship Candidates vying in the 2023 election in Rivers State coupled with the deployment of technology in the election processes by INEC, the election is poised to be the most competitive in the history of Rivers State and every vote will count.
Whoever can secure his base in the election already has an advantage going into the poll, that is what makes the Bera Declaration and the development in Rivers South-East a huge plus for Senator Magnus Abe.
In practical political terms, the home support for Senator Abe gives him the moral authority to seek the support of other communities in Rivers State and provides him with a solid foundation to lean on.
It also gives Senator Magnus Abe the confidence to thrive knowing that his people are solidly behind him all the way. The feelings that such confidence breeds cannot be bought with money.
Additionally, secure home support imbues in Senator Abe the crucial winning psychology that enables him to surmount obstacles on his way in his inexorable match to victory in March this year.
Finally, secure home support strengthens his momentum and makes his move, and acts with conviction.
Just as Senator Abe himself aptly noted, he understood the significance of the moment when he declared that he would use the Bera Endorsement as a point of contact in his engagements with other Rivers communities as the campaign intensifies.
As the campaign of the SDP gets into full gear, Senator Magnus can only look up because he has the momentum. Everything works for his good.
The horse is on the move for the betterment of Rivers people and Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has the momentum on his side and the universe supplies him with the needed energy to finish strong in victory.
Kennedy Friday writes from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
More pictures from the event.