We’ll not associate with Political Rogues to win 2020 LG, Guber Polls —Ondo SDP

By: Ade Adeleke

As Ondo state prepares for October 10, 2020 governorship election, one of the opposition party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state has vowed not to associate with political rogues hanging around to grab unwarranted relevance from any quarter.

The party also disowned a purported political alliance with the Action Democratic Party (ADP), condemning a clandestine plot by some self seeking politicians to drag the SDP into the messy political mud for which some crude politicians in the state are known for several years.

The SDP insisted that its vision was to mobilise and win the forthcoming local government election and the coming governorship election in ondo state.

This is contained in a Press statement made available to SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure and signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Mr Remi Olayiwola.

In its reaction to a widely publicised alleged fraud claiming that the SDP agreed to a fraudulent merger with about 13 other political associations in the state, the party categorically dismissed being part of the fraudulent political arrangement.

During a press conference in Akure, the state chairman of the coalition, Prince Biyi Poroye admitted that some group and political parties including SDP, ADP, MPN, YDP, ASD, PRP, ANN, UPN, ACPN, ZLP, PDP, APC and ADC had agreed to use the Action Democratic Party, ADP as their adopted party to unseat Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu from office during the governorship election in the state.

However, the SDP stated that while the party is interested in any political move that would usher in a viable association that could ensure that the gains and dividends of democracy gets to the vast majority of the citizens in the state, it can and could never be associated with political rogues hanging around to grab unwarranted relevance from any quarter.

Specifically, the SDP statement said that some weeks back a group of registered political parties and political associations came together and said they were holding meetings to work together at ensuring a 3rd force in the political terrain of the state and eventually in the county as a whole.

“Since this is exactly what the SDP had for years been agitating for, the SDP was not against such move.

“However, the national leadership of the SDP was informed and in accordance with the party’s principle, the leadership of the SDP issued a letter to the effect that the SDP was ready to accommodate any political party or parties into its fold for the purpose of realising a formidable third force.”

While the SDP welcomed such moves, it stated categorically that it was not ready to dissolve its own structures but would readily welcome those who would be prepared to register at their various wards and consequently at their local governments.

SDP said, “even though the political associations and registered political parties held meetings six times, the state chairman of the SDP attended the meeting twice in order to assure other registerred political parties of our readiness to welcome them into the SDP fold.

The purported adoption of the ADP is completely contrary to the trend of the discussion at the two meetings.

The SDP as a party has not and will not subsume itself to any other political party but would be prepared to welcome some other registered political parties into its fold.

“To the leadership of the mushroom political associations propagating such negative tendencies against the SDP, we advise them to desist as the reality on the ground in Ondo state today only necessitate that credible and tested politicians are what the people need to salvage them.

The SDP calls on all its members not to relent in their efforts at winning the forthcoming local government elections but also continue to work for the winning of the coming governorship election.

The SDP calls on all its members not to relent in their efforts at winning the forthcoming local government elections but also continue to work for the winning of the coming governorship election.

The party appreciates the concern of several SDP leaders who have reacted to the unscrupulous mention of the SDP in the purported unholy merger which is apparently aimed at making undeserved political gains.

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