Former Minister of Education Leaves PDP For SDP

Prof. Tunde Adeniran, a former Minister of Education, has said he is leaving the Peoples Democratic Party with his supporters to join the Social Democratic Party.

Adeniran also said Prof. Jerry Gana had agreed to join him in the SDP.

Both Adeniran and Gana were members of the Board of Trustees of the PDP before the defection to the SDP.

While Adeniran was a chairmanship candidate in the December 9 national convention of the PDP, Gana was one of his staunch supporters.

Adeniran has refused to identify with the PDP since he lost the election.

Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday, Adeniran said he decided to leave the PDP because of impunity and imposition of candidates.

Adeniran said, “I have left the PDP for the SDP with my supporters. I left because there is no internal democracy in the PDP. It may interest you to know that Prof. Jerry Gana has also left the PDP.”

Asked if Gana would fly the presidential ticket of the SDP in 2019 as being speculated, Adeniran said, “Whoever will be the presidential candidate will emerge from our convention.”

On whether he could realise his chairmanship ambition in his new party, Adeniran said he was not nursing such an ambition.

In his reaction, the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, described the defection of Adeniran as painful.

He said Adeniran remained one the founding fathers of the party, adding that he had expected him to join hands with him and other leaders of the party to rebuild it in order to be able to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Meanwhile, a former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, and a former Chief of Staff to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Mike Oghiadomhe, have denied leaving the PDP.

The spokesperson for Orubebe, Mr. Gbenga Giwa, said that while Orubebe could not begrudge people for defecting to any party for whatever reasons, the former minister still remained a member of the PDP.

Also, in a statement he personally signed, Oghiadomhe said it was wicked for anyone to associate him with the SDP.

He said, “For the record, l was never part of any group where a decision was made to dump PDP for SDP. To my great party, the PDP and millions of our members, no one has my mandate to determine or link my name to any political party without my written consent.

“Whoever must have affiliated my name to any political party other than the PDP does not have my mandate and this should be regarded as the handiwork of mischief makers. My membership and loyalty are to the PDP alone which is my party of choice since its formation.”

Kogi State: SDP Backs Governor Yahaya Bello

The  Kogi State C‎hapter of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, has passed a vote of confidence on the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for his performance in the two months since his assumption of office.
State Chairman ‎of the party, Engr. Indah Abdulrahman stated this yesterday in Lokoja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor. The SDP Chairman, who was sighted with other executive members of his party, said there had never been an accidental leader adding that every leader had been prepared by God to lead. He said that what happened in the Kogi state governorship election is enough to remind people that God rules the affairs of men.
God is on a  mission in “Kogi state and let us not close our eyes and pretend that we didn’t see it,” Engr. Abdulrahman said.
‎He commended the governor  for handling the serious  infrastructural challenges which has been competing for attention.
“You can see that work is going on the drainages and some major roads in the state, which were abandoned by the previous administration after their poor outing in the polls,” He explained.
The SDP chairman, said his party has decided to support the governor because of the level of achievements he has recorded within a very short period, which has surpassed his predecessor’s record for same period he was in the office.

Osoba Returns To APC

After over three hours of meeting with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, former governor of Ogun state and leader, Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olusegun Osoba finally returned to APC.

Osoba, a founding member of the APC dumped the party after a feud with the incumbent governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun and founded the SDP where he tried to wrestle power from Amosun but the SDP was soundly defeated at the general polls in 2015.

On Sunday, the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu led party delegates to Osoba’s house in Bourdillon, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria to resolve the lingering crisis.

At the meeting Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi were present while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State was represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule.

Also present were ex-national chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Chief Bisi Akande; former governor of Ekiti, Niyi Adebayo while Governor Ibikunle Amosun was absent from the meeting.

After about three hours of meeting, Aregbesola came out with some leaders of the party to address journalists and announced that the feud was over and that Osoba was now back to the fold as a progressive.

“The leadership of the progressive politics in the Western part of Nigeria met today at the residence of Chief Olusegun Osoba. We have resolved all the differences within the leadership and as such, we are happy to tell the world that the leadership of progressive politics in Western part of Nigeria is united and ready to jointly prosecute the agenda for growth, purposeful leadership, development and good governance in the Western part of Nigeria,” he said.

Aregbesola added that: “There was a time when Osoba switched to another party but he is a foundation member of the APC and he was in the APC throughout my election. Yes, he was for a time with the SDP, but with what we have just done today, Akinrogun Osoba, the Aremo himself is back with the progressive leadership of the Yoruba race.”

The governor stated that with Osoba’s return to the party, the progressive leadership of the Yoruba race is now fully united and “are ready and charged to lead our efforts to reposition our land and integrate with others nationwide to put Nigeria in its proper footing.

Speaking with newsmen, Osoba, who was elated, sang a Yoruba song which he called a Awolowo’s song and simply said “the war is over”.

Also speaking, Tinubu said he was filled with joy that the progressives had reunited once again to make the party stronger in all front.

“What is very crucial is for us to strengthen our front and remain in the progressives. I am an unapologetic progressives and I will remain one. And that is the only principle I abide. Wherever the progressives are, they must be united with their vision,” he said.

On why Amosun was not present, Tinubu said “nobody is left out, it is all progressive and no one is left out, no matter your insinuation. Amosun is with us, we can excuse people. The Governor of Ogun state is elected on the platform of APC and we can vouch for him. This is not a medialess revolution. Leaders of the party identified with us and it is clear we are all one, including Amosun. Who told you we are fighting?”

Falae Returned As SDP National Chairman

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, has been returned unopposed as the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party during the party’s national convention held in Abuja, with a pledge to provide three square meals for average Nigerians.

While 41 others were returned, four other officers won their seats in a keenly contested election.

In his acceptance speech, Falae called on Nigerians desirous of positive and visible changes in 2019 to “join the SDP and contribute their quota towards our quest to evolve a new Nigeria where free basic education, peace and three square meals shall be assured for an average Nigerian.”

He also said that two former governors and a former minister were set to “formally declare their intention to contest some near future elections on the platform of SDP.”

The convention was peaceful and orderly.

A communiqué issued by the National Publicity Secretary of SDP, Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, said Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isiaq was elected as the new Deputy National Chairman of the party, having polled 264 votes to defeat his opponent, Usman Altine, who scored 77 votes.

Similarly, Alhaji Hussaini Saleh Dass polled 183 votes to defeat the incumbent National Secretary of SDP, Dr. Sadiq Abubakar Umar, who scored 163 votes.

Mohammed won the seat of the National Publicity Secretary, having scored 204 votes to defeat his sole rival, Jack Telly-Gyado, who scored 103.

Another keenly contested position was the office of the North-East Zonal Vice chairman won by Mr. Kelvin Damara from Adamawa State.