It may be recalled that some usurpers in the SDP, despite being barred by the Status Quo Ante Bellum order of Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of 23rd July,2020 in the pending Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1358/2019; have surreptitiously assumed and arrogatted to themselves the offices of National Chairman and Secretary through illegal office swap recently despite their earlier suspension by the authentic and duly elected NEC of the party led by the Ag National Chairman, Chief SUPO SHONIBARE since 2019.
Faced with the reality that the so called SDP presidential candidate being sponsored by the faction of the usurpers can not fly without the support of the authentic NEC and the foundation members of the party who had threatened to declare support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu last month, the usurpers initiated a reconciliation meeting in Lagos Wednesday, 28th September 2022 to persuade the authentic faction to withdraw the petition before the Federal High Court, and support their candidate.
Unfortunately for them, the key members of the authentic SDP NEC, such as Barr. Alfa Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary, Dr Abdul Ahmed, Deputy National Chairman, Chief Clarkson Nnadi, National Treasurer, Alh. Aliyu Salisu, National Auditor, Dr Shola Agboola, National vice Chairman, South West, Amb. Stanley Nwanka, National Youths Leader amongst others failed to attend because the reconciliation lacks sincerity. Hence the reconciliation attempt failed.
Flowing from the above, the authentic NEC of the SDP condemns in its entirety, the rate at which some supposed elders of the party have continued to bastardize the integrity of the already factionalized SDP, and hereby dissociate the party from the recent endorsement of Mr Peter Obi by Afenifere at a Press conference attended by the SDP National Chairman of the faction, Chief SUPO SHONIBARE who at the same time was involved in the futile reconciliation meeting with one of the factional Presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo.
For avoidance of doubt, we wish to catigorically state further as follows:
(1) SDP DISSOCIATES SELF FROM AFENIFERE’S ENDORSEMENT OF OBI, DESPITE ITS NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, CHIEF SUPO SHONIBARE’S PRESENCE AT THE VENUE OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE ACTING OF AFENIFERE, CHIEF AYO ADEBANJO.
(2.) CONDEMNED ITS NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, CHIEF SUPO SHONIBARE’S PRESENCE AT AFINIFERE’S PRESS CONFERENCE ADOPTING PETER OBI AND TO SEEK EXPLANATION FROM HIM.
(3) TO HOLD AN EXPANDED NEC MEETING SOON TO TAKE STAND ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TO ADOPT IN THE EVENT OF TOTAL FAILURE OF RECONCILIATION .
(4)TO IGNORE ANY RECONCILIATION MEETING WHICH LACKS SINCERITY OF PURPOSE WITH ANY SDP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHOSE ONLY MISSION FOR BEING IN THE RACE IS TO DECIMATE THE VOTES OF EITHER OF THE LEADING CANDIDATES.
(5) ENJOINS ALL ELECTED STATE CHAIRMEN AND ALL OTHER CONCERNED MEMBERS TO KEEP THEIR POPULATION INTACT AND AWAIT FURTHER DIRECTIVES.
(6.) ASSURES MEMBERS OF VICTORY IN THE COURT OVER THE USURPERS.
*Barr. Alfa Mohammed*
National PUBLICITY SECRETARY, SDP.