SDP crisis: Party suspends acting chairman, reaffirms Atiku’s endorsement

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The acting National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran; and the secretary, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, have been suspended for anti-party activities.

Their suspension was decided by the National Executive Committee of the party at its meeting on Monday in Abuja.

The party also upheld its endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

According to the communique released after the meeting,  Adeniran and Gabam were replaced with Chief Supo Shonibare and Mr Adakole Ijogi, respectively.

Also, Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina emerged the National Vice Chairman, South; while Ambassador Philips Okechukwu was picked as the National Vice Chairman, South-East.

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The SDP NEC noted that it decided to support Atiku because of his promise to restructure the country.

It said, “The NEC considered all the options available to the party and observed the impasse occasioned by the lingering court claims of our presidential candidates which prevented any nationwide presidential campaign.

“In view of these challenges the NEC deliberated exhaustively and unanimously resolved to direct the Social Democratic Party supporters nationwide to mobilise our members and members of the public to support the candidature of the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“This directive is premised on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s acceptance of a template for fiscal and political restructuring to devolve to the states all functions of government that are not the exclusive prerogative of obligations under international treaties or common services of states, and on assurance that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will be able to effectively address the economic security and political challenges facing the polity.”

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