2019 presidency: John Dara declares for SDP

A former presidential aspirant under platform of the National Transformation Party (NTP) in the 2011 election and prominent chieftain of the Middle Belt Forum in Nigeria, Mr. John Dara, has declared declare his intention to join the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and seek its presidential ticket to contest the forthcoming president election.

Dara has however, visited the national secretariat of the SDP to perfect the plan.

In a statement signed Friday by the National Publicity Secretary of SDP, Alfa Mohammed, said Dara who is a very close confidant of Gen. TY Danjuma Rtd, declared his decision to adopt SDP as the platform for realising his ambition to become the next president was informed by the report of his campaign oganisation which rated SDP above other parties.

The statement said Dara was received at the SDP Secretariat by the Deputy National Chairman, Dr Abdul Isiaq Ahmed

While addressing the party’s national officers, Dara said, “speaking from experience, the security of ticket after the primary election and sincerity of leadership through out the electioneering period are critical success factors which every wise aspirant must consider before choosing a party platform, and only a National Chairman with proven integrity can guarantee these vital requirements.

“It is therefore my pleasure to announce to you that I and my entire campaign organization are convinced that the Social Democratic Party, SDP ably led by an elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, is the best and most reliable platform for me to contest the 2019 presidential election, God willing.”

According to him, Nigeria now needs agile and well updated leader to move it out of it’s present sorry state.

Dara, who was in company of the former North-east zonal chairman of PDP and 2015 Borno South Senatorial candidate of the SDP, Dr Pogu Chibok, also explained that his visit was just to identify and familiarise himself with the National Headquarters of the SDP, adding that he would soon make a public statement on his new political direction and agenda.

Responding on behalf of the national chairman, Dr Abdul commended Dara for seeing the signs early that well meaning Nigerians have lost hope in Nigeria’s ‘twin’ political parties known as PDP and APC, and looking forward to SDP to come to the rescue.

He assured him of level playing ground, transparency and integrity from the leadership of the party at all times.


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