- Chief Olu Falae has spoken on the state of the nation and the forthcoming general elections
- Chief Olu Falae declared that the party will choose its presidential candidate from the north
- He expects the majority of the aspirants to show their faces a few months to the election
A former secretary to the government of the federation and national chairman of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) Chief Olu Falae declared that the party will pick its presidential candidate from north over the forthcoming general elections.
Punch reports that Chief Olu Falae said anyone who is interested to be the party presidential candidate must follow the due process of democraticy.
''We shall pick among those who show interest in running for the office. Like I told you, we are just mobilising.
''Very few people have shown interest so far. I do expect the majority of the aspirants to show their faces a few months from now and when they emerge, we will see who is available and it is the ordinary members of the party who will choose the candidate democratically.
''Whether young, old, male or female, it is not I that we will choose for Nigerians. If the decision of Nigerians is that a young man should be the president, those Nigerians in our party will be given a chance and respect to show their preference and if they choose one of the youth, that will be our candidate.
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''If their feeling is that the candidate should be a woman, she will be our candidate. It is not for me or any other leader to say it must be a young man, no. That is why we adopted the direct primary method; it is the most democratic.
''Yes, we are picking our candidate from the north. It may be from the north-east, north-west or north-central.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Chief Olu Falae said key leaders of the APC and the PDP were set to announce that they had become members of his party.
Falae made the development public in a chat with Independent, on Thursday, March 1. Falae further stated that a coalition of political leaders from all over the country would be joining the SDP.
He said: “Some former governors, serving senators of the PDP as well as coalition of political leaders are joining SDP today (Thursday). They have decided to adopt SDP as their political platform.”
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