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  • Updated: January 13, 2023

2023: We Are Not Aligning With APC, Says SDP

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has denied reports of alliance with a political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The party is reacting to a story by one Alfa Mohammed, who said that the SDP is considering an alliance with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu.

According to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Rufus Aiyenigba, on Thursday in Abuja, the report is utterly false.

He urges the public to disregard the “false claim“ saying it was not in the interest of the party or the nation.

He said that Mohammed, a former Deputy National Publicity of the SDP, was no longer a member of the party and could not be speaking for it having been expelled.

Aiyenigba said that the party had at several times disavowed false publications from Mohammed and his disregard for decorum.

Those actions, he said, led to Mohammed being relieved of his position as the deputy publicity secretary of the party in November 2018 before he was suspended from the party in March 2019 by the National Working Committee (NWC).

He added that Mohammed was later expelled by the National Executive Committee (NEC) in August 2019 which was upheld by the subsequent National Convention of the party in June 2022.

“Currently as we speak, Mohammed is a member of the APC and even a strong member of one of the support groups of that party called the South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA).

“There is no way a man who is playing such a role in APC could be said to be an official of the SDP.

“It is true to his character for Mohammed who has not been part of any activities of the SDP in four years, that is, since early 2019 but has intermittently pushed fabricated lies to mislead and defraud the public.

“This is with the malicious intent to tarnish the reputation of targeted individuals in the SDP or in other parties under the irrational guise that he is a member of an SDP “faction” and no faction exists in SDP.

Aiyenigba said that Mohammed’s antics were formally reported to the Inspector General of Police in August 2022 and was requested to call him to order over his alleged “impersonation, false pretences and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace”.

“Mohammed is indeed under watch and investigation for criminal impersonation," he added 

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A'isha Ahmad
A'isha Ahmad

Kano based Nigerian  Broadcast journalist, writer, reseacher. You can reach out via [email protected]

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