By Maria Ifafesobi
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ondo State has denied report making rounds that the party is in a political alliance with any political party in the state ahead of the forthcoming October 10, gubernatorial election in the state.
This disclosure was made by the party’s state chairman, Mr. Dele Ogunbameru, after a meeting with the party’s chieftains within the state.
Mr. Ogunbameru said the party only recognizes and will continue to support its flagbearer in the gubernatorial election, Mr. Peter Fashua and his running mate, Mrs. Racheal Ajayi. He stressed that the party will not pledge alliance to any political party, including the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), and the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “I want to reiterate this and sound it clear for everyone that we remain loyal members of the SDP and we have only one candidate for the Ondo governorship election in the person of Peter Fashua.
“At no time did we enter into an alliance with any candidate or form any alliance with any other political party. There are rumors that the SDP has collapsed its structure to another party and collaborating with another candidate in the forthcoming governorship election.
“This is not true but we want to tell the world that the SDP has a candidate in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State. The party is contesting in the election and come rain, or shine, we are mobilizing for our party, we are not working or collaborating with another party. The name of our candidate is Peter Fashua while the running mate is Mrs. Racheal Ajayi. We want the public to disregard the rumor that we are working for a particular party.
“We are not collaborating with APC or collapsing our structure for PDP or ZLP. We cannot collapse our structure with any other party and why should we collapse our structure with any other party, when we remain a party to beat in any election?
“Judging from the last local government election results where we came second, we are a threat to the ruling APC government in the state, this is due to the rising popularity and strength of the party in the state.
He further charged members of the party to move their campaigns to their wards and units, and canvass for the people’s supports and votes in the gubernatorial election. He said, “we are seriously preparing and mobilizing across the 18 local government areas in the state and we are fully prepared for the election. We have commenced our campaign”.
Mr. Ogunbameru also denied that some members of the party have defected to other parties. He added that those who left were not bonafide members of the party.
He said, “Those leaving our party are not bonafide members of SDP. Those who claimed to have left the party are those who joined before the local government election to use our platform for the election but they leave immediately after losing the election, they are not registered members of SDP.”
He however promised that the party alongside the people of Ondo State will resist plots by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the forthcoming election. He said “SDP is ready to block any alleged plots by the ruling APC to rig the October 10 governorship election.
“It will be difficult for this election to be rigged except other parties are sleeping we cannot sleep at the same time.
“The security agents should do their job to ensure that thuggery and violence are not allowed, while money politics should be discouraged too”.
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