- The SDP is backing President Muhammadu Buhari's second term bid because it couldn't present a presidential candidate in good time
- According to the party's chairman in Ughelli LGA of Delta state, any member caught endorsing any other party’s candidate will be dealt with through application of proper sanctions
- The understanding reached by the party starts and ends with supporting President Buhari only for the presidential election
The Social Democratic Party in Ughelli South local government of Delta state, on Tuesday, February 12, disclosed that the party was not supporting any other All Progressive Congress candidate apart from President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued by its chairman, Jonathan Idoro, the party denied throwing it’s weight behind the APC House of Reps candidate, Francis Waive.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Idoro said he remained strongly in support of SDP’s candidate, Hon. Solomon Awhinawhi, a serving lawmaker at the national parliament.
According to him, the understanding reached by SDP at the national level only starts and ends with supporting President Muhammadu Buhari only for the presidential election.
He, however, cautioned that any SDP member caught endorsing any other party’s candidate will be dealt with through application of proper sanctions.
“Following concerns raised recently, the Social Democratic Party in Ughelli South Local Government wishes to state that at no time did the party endorse or support the APC’s house of reps candidate, Francis Waive.
“Let it be made clear that we stand strongly behind our candidate, Hon. Solomon Awhinawhi, a serving member who is contesting to represent Udu, Ughelli South and Ughelli North federal constituency.
“We also wish to draw the attention of all members of the party that going forward, any attempt to work against the collective interest of the party will attract sanctions in accordance with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
“The understanding reached by the national body of our party to support the Presidential candidate of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, was done owing to the inability of our party to present a presidential candidate in good time."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the SDP adopted the APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, as its consensus candidate ahead of February 16 presidential poll.
The National Executive Council of the party, however, explained that the adoption did not portend merger with the APC.
Meanwhile, a faction of the SDP loyal to Professor Jerry Gana, one of those who batted for its presidential flag, has endorsed the candidature of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 election.
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