- Chief Olu Falae urged Nigerians to vote out political parties that have failed them
- Falae declared that the ruling APC is worse than the opposition PDP
- He, however, said SDP has a wonderful manifesto and competent leaders
The national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Chief Olu Falae, on Thursday, August 9, called on Nigerians to vote out political parties that failed the country in its 19 years of democratic governance.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Falae made the call in Lokoja at the grand finale of the campaign rally for the election of Umar Ahmed Imam, the SDP candidate in Kogi-Koton-Karfe/Lokoja federal constituency bye-election.
He described the action of the men of the DSS who recently invaded the National Assembly as undemocratic and a call to anarchy. He urged all Nigerians with democratic credentials to rise in defence of democracy.
According to him, “The security forces interfering with the functioning of the legislature is committing an illegality, abuse of constitution; those involved should be arrested and dealt with according to the law because it is a threat to our democracy.”
He added that some Nigerians in 2015 joined forces to fight the then ruling PDP, which was allegedly enmeshed in corruption.
Falae said that the recent developments in the country had shown that the ruling party was not better than PDP.
According to him, “A government ruled for 16 years, they messed up; we all clamoured for change APC and they are far worse than PDP; so we urge Nigerians to turn to SDP, a party that has a wonderful manifesto and leaders who are impeccable.”
The Afenifere chieftain explained that the illegality of the central government had trickled down to Kogi state, where a former speaker of the House of Assembly, Umar Imam’s seat was declared vacant for decamping from APC to SDP.
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Falae, also a former minister of national planning described, the declaration of Lokoja I state constituency seat at the state House of Assembly vacant as illegal, criminal and unconstitutional.
He said: “That is another evidence of illegality, arbitrariness and malice. The law says you can change party if your party is in crisis and factions have developed within the party.
“His party was APC but today we have APC and R-APC, two factions, the conditions for defection legitimately have been fulfilled.
“He exercised his right to leave a party and joined SDP; so it is illegal, criminal and unconstitutional for the house of assembly to declare the seat vacant; we shall take them to court and the court will deal with them.”
Imam, while addressing the crowd after receiving the SDP chairman, urged the electorate to give their support to him, promising not to let them down.
The former speaker, who defected to SDP on July 22, advised the electorate not to allow anybody buy their conscience with money; rather they should exercise their franchise freely.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the national chairman of the SDP, Olu Falae, said the coalition of 40 political parties in Nigeria should not be seen as an affair of the PDP.
Falae said it should be noted that the Presidential candidate could emerge from any of the political parties in or out of the joint alliance.
Speaking with journalists at the end of the party’s state congress in Akure, Ondo state, the SDP chairman said the purpose of the alliance is for a regime change.
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