Relate with Dele Thomas as our Chairman in Ondo —SDP tells INEC

PRESS RELEASE

9th July, 2020

COMPOSITION OF SDP CARETAKER COMMITTEE IN ONDO STATE IS ILLEGAL

Ondo State Executive Committee (SEC) of Social Democratic Party (SDP) had a virtual meeting today Thursday, July 9, 2020 during which it had an extensive deliberations on the needless leadership crisis in the party. After a session of exhaustive deliberations, the SEC resolved as follows :

i. That as far as the National Executive Committee of SDP is concerned, the apex organ of the party is not aware of any arrangement for the composition and inauguration of Caretaker Committee in Ondo State.

ii. Constitution of SDP makes it explicitly clear enough that the National Working Committee of the party do not, and cannot dissolve any State Working Committee without the approval of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

iii. Members of the State Executive Committee of SDP in Ondo State passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of Barrister Dele Thomas. Therefore, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is hereby requested to accord Barrister Dele Thomas his due recognition as the Acting Ondo State Chairman of SDP.

iv. The Prof Tunde Adeniran led National Working Committee was advised to respect the constitution of SDP by putting an end to free wheeling of illegalities in the party.

v. The SEC members was emphatic that the non-existing position of Deputy National Chairman South that Dr Olu Agunloye had created for himself is completely alien to the constitution of Social Democratic Party. The SEC therefore resolved not to hesitate in recommending the expulsion of Dr. Olu Agunloye from the party to the NEC if he continues to flout the party’s constitution with impunity.

vi. In the best interest of public peace and out of respect for the constitution of SDP; it was also resolved that Ondo State Commissioner of Police should immediately shove out any illegally constituted Caretaker Committee from the state party secretariat in Akure.

Signed :

Barrister Dele Thomas
Acting State Chairman.

Dr Shola Agboola

State Secretary.

However, in June, this year another faction of the party had earlier issued a press statement below;

SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (SDP)
ONDO STATE CHAPTER
June 1, 2020
PRESS STATEMENT

SDP DISSOLVES ONDO STATE EXCO, APPOINTS CARETAKER COMMITTEE

The National Secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has approved the dissolution of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Ondo State chapter of the party.

According to a letter signed by the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, addressed to the State Chairman, Chief Korede Duyile, the dissolution of the SWC is one of the measures to strengthen the party’s administration and activities of the Ondo State chapter in order to maintain the position of the SDP in the political landscape of the State.

To this end, the National Working Committee has approved the dissolution of the Ondo State Working Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Korede Duyile. A new Caretaker Committee of eleven members has therefore been constituted for the State, with Hon. Oladele Ogunbameru as Chairman and Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan as Secretary.

Ogunbameru, who hails from Okitipupa local government area of the state, is a former State Secretary of the party, while Adeniyan, who hails from Akure South local government area, was the candidate of the party for the Ondo State House of Assembly in Akure South Constituency 1 in the 2019 general elections.

The other members of the committee selected from each of the nine Federal Constituencies in the State are Chief Sola Omojuwa, Mr. Oyibo Priye, Princess Olayinka Raji, Mr. Tunde Alejo, Mr. Rotimi Akinde, Mr. Femi Akinmurele, Mr. Bola Osho, Mr Sunday Adedoyin and Mr Remi Oluwatuyi.

The mandate of the Committee is to find pragmatic procedures for accomplishing reorganisation and streamlining of the Party’s operations in accordance with guidelines from the National Secretariat and to ensure massive recruitment of fresh members especially youths and women across the State.

The Chairman of the new Committee, Hon Dele Ogunbameru, has thanked the outgone State Working Committee and pledged to be fair and proactive in all the activities of the Committee, adding that “we shall quickly set to work by implementing a decentralised method of operations and engagements to provide our great party with a face-lift through robust consultations, mobilisation and workable strategies that will make SDP more attractive to all”.

The Chairman stressed that the Committee is poised to give the youths and women enabling atmosphere to thrive abundantly and guarantee robust support to SDP candidates in the forthcoming Local Government and Gubernatorial elections in the state.

The Caretaker Committee will be officially inaugurated by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Dr. Olu Agunloye, and shall run the affairs of the party in the state until a new State Working Committee is inaugurated by the National Secretariat of the party.

This development has been communicated to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other relevant stakeholders.

The National Chairman reposes much confidence in all the members of the Committee and expects that they will take this assignment with seriousness and devotion.

In the meantime, the erstwhile State Chairman, Chief Korede Duyile, has been saddled with the responsibility of organising Elders of the Party to harness the contributions of this group to the development of the Party in the State.

Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan,
Secretary,
Ondo State Caretaker Committee,
Social Democratic Party, SDP
June 1, 2020

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