By : Hon. Femi Akinmurele, Ondo SDP Chapter
The Social Democratic Party, SDP has described as irresponsible the statement credited to Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye (Small Alhaji) that he has the mandate of the National and State Executive Committees of SDP to direct members of the Party to deliver their votes to any of the APC, PDP or ZLP.
The National Working Committee (NWC) and the Ondo State Working Committee (SWC) of the SDP have condemned the action credited in some media to Mr. Tajudeen Adefisoye, popularly known as small Alhaji who was reported to be moving round the three leading political parties negotiating to deliver SDP votes. One of the misleading publications had reported that _“the three major contenders have been mounting serious pressures on Small Alhaji to help deliver the votes”_
The leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ondo State has re-emphasised that the Party is not in any alliance or coalition with any political party in the State in respect of the forthcoming governorship election and has not mandated Mr. Tajudeen Adefisoye (small Alhaji) to discuss or negotiate with PDP, APC or ZLP.
According to the State Chairman, Hon Dele Ogunbameru, _”no serious party will speak through a nonfinancial member instead of through the Exco of the party on the direction or decision of the party on any issue, more so, on sensitive political matter like alliance or coalition with another party. Also, no responsible member of a Party will arrogate the functions of the Party’s Executive to himself or place himself above the Party._
The SDP State Chairman further reminded the public that at the meetings of the Summit of Ondo State SDP Caucus, State Leaders, Local Government Chairmen and LG Candidates on 12 September 2020 and the State Executive Committee on Wednesday, 16 September 2020, all the bodies affirmed that the Ondo State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party is not in alliance or coalition with any other Party in the State.
The SDP State Chairman expressed surprise and displeasure that the Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Tajudeen Adefisoye, (small Alhaji) was reported to have been meeting with APC, PDP and ZLP to discuss about delivering SDP votes. He concluded: _”This is unauthorised. It is an anti-party action”_
The State Chairman has again advised all members of the Party to remain loyal and committed to the Social Democratic Party.
God bless SDP. God bless Ondo State. God bless Nigeria.
Hon Femi Akinmurele,
*Social Democratic Party, SDP*
Ondo State Chapter
24 September 2020