The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has refuted reported alliance with Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This clarification was contained in a press statement issued Wednesday, and signed by Saleh Dass, the SDP national secretary.
Titled “SDP: Count us out of Tinubu‘s adoption. Peter Obi is our presidential candidate,” the party clarified the confusion which arose as a result of a faction led by Chief Supo Shonibare who reportedly endorsed Tinubu.
The Shonibare-led faction had also adopted the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, as its alliance’s joint candidate.
“The attention of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) led by Chief Supo Shonibare has been brought to a declaration by some of the leaders of SDP in Oyo state, adopting Mr Seyi Makinde as an alliance joint candidate.
“The National Working Committee had directed that since the court action to determine the legitimate leadership of SDP and the legitimate constitution of the party was still pending; after almost four years of litigation, that states were at liberty to enter into alliances for the purpose of the elections in February and March with an opposition party.
“However, those electing to align with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have taken a position that is contrary to this resolve.”
“Consequently, the leadership of the party announced the institution of a committee in order to investigate the reports about an endorsement of Tinubu, contrary to the party’s position.
“The NWC of SDP has constituted a five-member committee with Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina as Chairman, Mallam Nasiru N’Abba, Mr Kelvin Damara, Mrs Y. Nolan & Mrs Adenike Olujembola as Secretary,” the statement reads. (Ripples Nigeria)