2019: SDP crises deepens as party spokesman points accusing fingers at Falae
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has admitted that it was responsible for the omission of the name of its Presidential flag bearer, Prof Jerry Gana, from the final list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party stated that only its national Chairman, Chief Olu Falae can explain why he did not submit the name of Gana to INEC after the Abuja High Court verdict in Gana’s favour.
The G19 which is the code name for the Prof Jerry Gana Campaign Organisation had alleged that it was the officials of the party who did not submit the name of the former Minister of Information to INEC.
In a swift reaction on Tuesda, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alfa Mohammed said the “allegation was not far from the truth.”
He stated: “Yes, they are not far from the truth because the court had ordered both the INEC and SDP to execute specific order, while the INEC complied by removing Donald Duke’s name from it’s list, the party is yet to comply.
“As I am communicating with you now, the youths parliaments from the 36 states of the federation and FCT are in the national secretariat protesting the non submission of Prof Jerry Gana as the presidential candidate of the party.
“Similarly about 90% of the National working committee members along with three of the four functioning National vice chairmen submitted another letter yesterday giving the national chairman 24 hours to do the same. We heard that the women parliaments are warming up to storm the National headquarters, same for the candidates and state chairmen.
“We can’t understand why Prof Gana who was fully prepared to flag off his campaign from Sokoto last week Saturday in a very big way is being held down.
“Only the national chairman can explain. Be that as it may, we are not discouraged, our campaign coordinators are being mobililised to dominate the grassroots and the response is wonderful.
“Going round the states by the candidate is just a formality based on popular demand by millions of admirers of Prof Jerry Gana,” Alfa Mohammed, said.