NWC Blames Omisore For Osun SDP’s Internal Crisis

By Shina Abubakar

  • Approves New Dates For Congresses

As the crisis rocking the Osun State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) is yet to settle, the Chief Ademola Ishola-led executive has urged the public to disregard any state congress organized on Saturday, July 7, 2018, saying it is an exercise in futility. 

According to a statement signed by the party’s Chairman and Secretary in the state, Chief Ademola Ishola, and Elder Femi Awe, the said Congress was illegal.

The party leaders insisted that any congress being organized in the name of SDP is an affront to the judiciary based on the order of the court stopping the exercise pending the determination of a suit filed by some aggrieved members of the party.

They disclosed that while efforts were being made to resolve the court matter, the SDP National Working Committee in its meeting of Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Abuja had set aside the last two congresses organized by Iyiola Omisore’s group.

Besides, they revealed that the NWC has approved new dates for congresses while new and authentic registers and congress forms have been released to the party executives in the state for fresh congresses.

The new dates, in a statement by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Rt. Hon. Emeka Atuma are: July 14th (Ward Congress), July 21st (Local Government Congress) and July 28th (State Congress) “and we advised all our members to go to their various wards to register as authentic members of the SDP”.

“It is sad to note that just one of the three aspirants contesting the governorship election under the platform of the SDP wanted to take the party by the throat and secure our party’s ticket through fraudulent means.

“Let it be known that Senator Iyiola Omisore’s plan was to install one of his cronies, Dr. Bayo Faforiji, the erstwhile factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Chairman of SDP through a fake congress not known to the party’s national echelons.

“Going by the lists of his so called executive at the ward and local government levels, it was clear that he only appointed aggrieved members of his group who left the PDP with him in May this year.

“The world must know that before the arrival of Omisore and his group from the PDP to the SDP, we have lived together as a united and a peaceful family.  But, since his coming into the SDP, we have witnessed serious violence against our members by his supporters with several cases now being handled at several police stations across the state”, the statement added.

It would be recalled that, the National Chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae cautioned Omisore over the ongoing crisis lingering in the party in Osun.

Chief Falae who spoke in Abuja during a press interview held at the SDP National Secretariat said, “it is disheartened that Omisore is struggling to hijack the party from those who are in the party before him, because these people have been in the party before Omisore seeks asylum in the SDP.”

He then implored the embattled governorship aspirant to move round the state to canvass for support from leaders, members and delegates of the party.

He then concluded that the National Executive, Board of Trustees (BOT) and Leaders of the party at National level will not accept such an unlawful congress from any quarter.


Sealed! Omisore To Contest Under SDP

By Kazeem Mohammed

It seems that the door for reconciliation in the Osun chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally been shut, as it has now been concluded and sealed that the former deputy governor of the State of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore would prosecute his governorship ambition under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The embattled Chairman of the Omisore faction of the PDP, Dr Bayo Faforiji confirmed this during a telephone conversation with OSUN DEFENDER Newspaper on Wednesday.

Upon enquiry, Faforiji said, “Yes, it is true, we are moving to the SDP and that is the platform Senator Omisore will use to prosecute his governorship ambition come September 22. We will contest on that platform.

On whether Omisore is a sellable candidate in the state, he said, it is only the people of the state that can decide that, saying Omisore is a household name in the state and well rooted politically at the grassroot.

According to him, even if the SDP does not have the structure on ground before now, Omisore’s name, as a grassroot politician and his followers across all the polling units, wards and local governments would take care of the situation by using their political mobilization  strategy and structures already on ground.

“We have the structures to prosecute the ambition. Go to any unit and ward in this state and ask for Omisore followers who were formally in PDP and that will answer the question of structure.

“If the SDP does not have structure on ground, we, that are going there have the structure in every unit, every ward and every local government.

“Whether Omisore is sellable to the people of Osun or not, let the electorate decide that. The 250,000 votes that we got in the 2014 governorship election, were they not members of the electorate, are they not there again?

“Whoever is saying that he is not sellable, let them pick their own candidate and let the people decide. By the grace of God, we are convinced that Senator Omisore will emerge as the governor of Osun”.

Faforiji said that there will be formal declaration for the SDP soon, saying, “may be by next week or I should just say before the end of the month”.

It would be recalled that the insistence of the former deputy governor to contest for the governorship seat again has tore his former party, PDP apart, as a faction of the party which claimed to have the majority insisted that he is not a sellable candidate.

Recently the followers of Omisore tore the party flag of the PDP at the factional secretariat of the party at Ogo-Oluwa, a situation that triggered rumour that he has pitched his tent with the Accord Party.

Some former political office holders in the state, who are members of the PDP had subsequently berated Omisore for the action, demanding that he must be punished for his misdeeds.

They said that with or without Omisore, the PDP would produce the next governor of the state.

Reacting on the rumour of defection or suspension of Senator Omisore from the party, the state PDP Chairman, Honourable Soji Adagunodo said: “As I speak, Otunba Iyiola Omisore is one of our revered leaders and the party is in the process of reconciliation.

“We cannot be thinking of reconciliation and at the same time thinking of suspension of some people. We hope he reasons along with the leadership and join hands with us to move the party forward.”


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.