- Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Social Democratic Party will be electing its presidential aspirant on Saturday, October 6
- The party will be holding its national convention in Abuja on the said date
- According to SDP, 4,500 delegates will be electing the presidential candidate
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) will be holding its national convention in Abuja on Saturday, October 6, where 4,500 delegates will be electing the party's presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections.
Punch reports that this was disclosed by the party on Tuesday, October 2. According to the party, it will also hold the election of its new national executive committee members. SDP assures of fairness and transparency in the elections.
NAIJ.com gathers that the party's chairman of publicity sub-committee, Prof Rufai Alkali, said the convention was the result of a “participatory process which began over a month ago at the level of respective wards, local government areas, states and zones."
He said:“The special national convention of the SDP is holding on Saturday. This is in accordance with the 2019 general elections Timetable of INEC and the SDP approved schedule of activities. The congresses to elect delegates and candidates of our party to contest for various offices across the country have been concluded nationwide.
"The SDP is, therefore, expecting about 4,500 delegates at the convention to elect the presidential candidate ahead of the February 16, 2019, presidential election.
“Five distinguished Nigerians have signified their interest and purchased nomination forms for the presidential election. No doubt, Nigerians are going through serious difficulties acknowledged by highly respected international institutions and organisations.
"However, the time has come to stop agonising but to organise; we must move away from complacency and despondency to action.
“We call on INEC to step up its efforts in ensuring that the forthcoming general elections in 2019 are conducted transparently in an atmosphere of peace and orderliness so that the outcome will be acceptable to all Nigerians."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) dissociated itself from Senator Iyiola Omisore who was the party’s gubernatorial candidate of the Osun state election.
Omisore had declared support for the All Progressives Congress ahead of the state rerun election but the SDP was said to be unaware of such agreement.
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