- Olu Falae appeals to members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to shun the presidential campaign flag-off of Jerry Gana
- Falae, the national chairman of the SDP, confirms that he got a letter from Gana inviting him to the event
- The politician, however, reminds members that the case concerning the presidential candidacy of the party is at the appeal court
Olu Falae, the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has pleaded with all members of the organisation not to attend any of the events being scheduled by Prof Jerry Gana and his presidential campaign committee.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Falae said this in a statement he issued in Abuja, saying that doing so may amount to contempt of court.
Falae said that he had received a letter dated December 27, from Gana seeking his leave as SDP national chairman to “unveil the vision and programme” of his presidential campaign.
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According to him, Gana in the letter was also inviting him as the chief host at both the “unveiling” programme scheduled for Saturday Dececember 29, and the “summit of stakeholders planned for Saturday January 5, 2019.
The national chairman recalled that earlier correspondence from Gana made it clear that he based the proposals on the judgment of the FCT High Court dated December 14, 2018.
Falae noted that the counsel of all the five defendants in the case (including SDP), Wole Olanipekun & Co, had already gone to the Court of Appeal against that judgement.
“We have also, through our counsel, filed a motion at the Court of Appeal, praying for certain reliefs including stay of execution of the judgment of the high court and injunctive reliefs against Prof. Jerry Gana, pending the determination of the Appeal.
“All the relevant processes have been served on Professor Jerry Gana’s counsel.
“In the light of the foregoing we cannot and should not attend any of the events being scheduled by Prof Jerry Gana and his campaign committee as it will amount to a breach of the court process and may amount to contempt of court.
“I appeal to all party officials at all levels, leaders and members to stay calm and refrain from participating in actions designed to pre-empt the courts. We must remain loyal to the party which is more important than any of us.
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“We are all one party and we are all united,” the statement said.
The party had earlier declared former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, as its flag bearer for the 2019 general elections.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a high court sitting in federal capital territory (FCT ) in Maitama on Friday, December 14, declared a former minister of information, Prof Jerry Gana, the winner of the presidential primary election of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) conducted on October 6.
The party declared a former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, the winner of the election and its flag bearer for the 2019 general elections. The party said that Duke polled 812 votes while Gana had 611.
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