The Social Democratic Party (SDP) is set to receive some high profile politicians into its fold in the weeks ahead even as the party intensifies consultation with some newly registered political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections. SDP which recently raided the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its two founding members, Professors Jerry Gana and Tunde Adeniran, could be set to welcome former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar if the latter fails to clinch the ticket to contest the 2019 Presidential election on the platform of the PDP.
A highly placed party source told Vanguard in confidence that the SDP had in the past couple of weeks met with prominent politicians in the country preparatory to their defection. While noting that “some details remain to be ironed out” before the party will welcome them, the SDP stalwart said for the first time, a political party committed to the ideals of democracy and the welfare of the people has finally arrived.
On moves to woo Atiku to the party, he said: “Our party, the SDP is anchored on the values of justice, fairness, constitutionalism and democracy. These are the same values Atiku has been promoting both in his public outings and on the social media. So, I think it will be a good thing if he join us especially if those who are afraid of his popularity deny him of the Presidential ticket of his party.
“It is a good thing that the political space has been enlarged with the registration of more political parties. Going by the history of this nation, you will agree with me that some of these parties will fizzle out in due time. For this reason, we are already discussing with some of them that share in our political ideology and philosophy. We want them to join us and together, we can move Nigeria forward.”
Although, Gana has been rumoured as a potential Presidential candidate of the party in 2019, things are likely to change quickly considering the political heavyweights on the verge of joining the party ahead of the general elections. Atiku rejoined the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in December 2017 after enduring a frosty relationship with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
REVEALED: Real Reason Ambode’s Commissioner Dumped APC For PDP
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the resignation of f the erstwhile Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo in Lagos State.
The party alleged that Oluwo already had in him traits of opportunism, disloyalty and vaulting desperation for power.
Read the full statement below:
The attention of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos State has been drawn to the letter of resignation of the erstwhile Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo.
The APC wishes him well.
The APC salutes the vigilance of the party apparatus and leadership which have put Oluwo on the watch on account of his antecedents in party politics and succeeded in checkmating his rabid opportunism.
It is on record that Oluwo first made an attempt to reap from the challenges of internal party democracy in our progressive movement when he teamed up with one of the losers in the 2007 primaries of the Action Congress to stop Babatunde Fashola’s sure victory at the polls. The unfortunate political adventurism failed woefully.
However, in the conventional demonstration of mercy and forgiveness, Oluwo’s principal, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi was accommodated in the second term cabinet of Governor Babatunde Fashola as the Commissioner for Tourism.
A similar milk of mercy and kindness led to the consideration Of Oluwo as a member of the Lagos State Executive Council under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the hope that he has purged himself of opportunism, disloyalty and vaulting desperation for power.
Oluwo had hardly resumed as the Commissioner when he began his plot to use that office to advance his quest for political fiefdom. The object of his ambition was the positioning of his wife as the chairman of a local government.
However, alert party men and women raised alarm about his anti-party antecedents wondering why someone who recently joined the party would want to use his position as commissioner to impose his wife on the constituency.
The party rank and file aborted this abuse of power and reckless peddling of influence and everybody thought the lesson had been learnt. He, apparently, had not.
As soon as the procedures for the general elections began, Oluwo once again became the only commissioner to seek his wife as the member of House of Assembly for Eti- Osa. By now the pattern of his ambition had become clear. The intrigue that enabled him to make his wife the first- term commissioner’s wife to become the chairperson of the committee which organised the annual National Women Conference became clear. It was meant to achieve undeserved visibility. This obnoxious attempt to deceive party members was again foiled and it is the aggravated frustration that has led to this defection.
It has been necessary to put this in true context so as to dismiss the false and capricious insinuation that his resignation was in principled objection to the party’s last primaries. Far from it. He was only playing true to type, seeking as he had done in 2007 to reap from the primaries.
He has further showed that he has been a mole of the PDP and has been working to undermine the APC. His exit is a signal to other like minds who may wish to follow his trail.
The party machinery knows everyone and their inclination. We encourage all genuine APC members to remain firm and committed to loftier and greater ideals of taking Lagos to a higher level of excellence.
The party remains unshaken.
Lagos APC Pub Sec
Action Alliance Rejects Okorocha’s Son-In-Law As Imo Governorship Candidate
The National Chairman of the Action Alliance, Dr. Tunde Anifowose-Kelani, has kicked against Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, as the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo State.
The National Chairman of the party disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
Anifowose-Kelani said Nwosu has not become a registered member of the party and therefore cannot be recognized as the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 polls.
He said: “Uche Nwosu is not yet a member of our party and cannot come through the back door to be a gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo state.”
The National Chairman said the party has rules and regulations guiding its operation, adding that in order to become a registered member, there are due processes to be followed.
Anifowoshe-Kelani, therefore, advised Nwosu that if he really wants to be a registered member of the party, he should do the needful.
He said: “People of such pedigree should know better than junk politicking which would not help towards 2019.”
Imo Speaker, 18 APC, PDP Lawmakers Defect To AA To Back Okorocha’s Son-In-Law
Nineteen out of the 27 lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly on the platforms of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have joined Action Alliance in their bid to back the governorship ambition of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Nwosu had last week emerged the candidate of AA after failing to secure the ticket of the APC.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Acho Ihim, read the notice of defection signed by the lawmakers during plenary on Thursday evening.
Ihim said the defection notice was dated November 7.
The former PDP who defected to the AA are Ken Agbim, Bruno Ukoha and Mike Iheanatu.
Apart from the Speaker, the APC lawmakers who joined AA are Ikechukwu Amuka, Authur Egwim, Uju Onwudiwe, Uche Ejiogu, Ngozi Obiefule, Lugard Osuji, Lloyd Chukwuemeka, Victor Onyewuchi, Chinedu Offor, Kennedy Ibe, Lawman Duruji, Max Odunze, Henry Ezediaro and Obinna Egu.
Amuka, who spoke after the notice of defection had been read, accused the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, of “collaborating with some people to hijack APC in Imo State.”
This was also the position of Osuji, the Majority Leader.
Osuji said Oshiomhole “meted grave injustice” to them during the controversial APC primaries in the state.
He said he felt ashamed that he ever associated with APC.
Osuji said they will team up with Nwosu to win the governorship election and also ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari gets reelected.
Ihim said: “What Oshiomhole did in Imo State was injustice and against the tenets of ideal democracy.”
He said the lawmakers would work for the electoral success of Buhari and Nwosu.
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