The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has insisted that its earlier endorsement of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Candidate, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, for the Saturday, February 16 polls.
The party’s position was reaffirmed by the Acting Deputy National Chairman (South), Dr. Olu Agunloye, at a press conference held in Akure on Tuesday evening.
According to Agunloye, “It is too late for SDP to begin campaign for its candidate with few days to the general election, hence, the reason for the adoption of Buhari.”
Agunloye, who also stated that the party was reorganizing itself in the country to be an alternative platform, added that it was imperative to work for the victory of other SDP candidates vying for other elective positions aside the presidency.
“The vision and goals of the party are beyond endorsement of candidates for the 2019 general election, but improving the gains of representative democracy in Nigeria.
“SDP is to be strengthened beyond the February 16 election, what is very important for us at this critical period is building this party as a formidable force and alternative platform political for the future.
“We will maximize every opportunity at our disposal to ensuring that all the House of Assembly, senatorial and House of Representative candidates win the forthcoming elections across the Federation.”
The Deputy Chairman maintained that the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC of the party for the adoption of the APC presidential candidate was due to the crises that ensued between Prof. Jerry Gana and the former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, over the party’s ticket.
Agunloye, expressed unalloyed loyalty to the new Acting National Chairman, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, urged the party members to work for the success of all SDP candidates at the polls.
Flanked by the Ondo State Working Committee, SWC, members and some candidates, the party leadership announced the suspension of the state secretary of the party, Dr. Sola Agboola, who was accused of anti-party activities and gross insubordination.
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