Kogi Poll: SDP Denies Defecting Of EXCO Members

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP in Kogi State, has described the purported defections of the entire executive members of the party in the 21 Local Government Areas and zonal leaders as false.

The party further alleged that the rumour was part of the desperation by the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, to remain relevant in the face of imminent defeat in the November 11, 2023, Governorship Poll in the State.

The State Publicity Secretary of SDP, Yahaya Bahawudeen, Stated this on Friday in Lokoja in a statement while reacting to the alleged decamping saga in the party, which was reported across media platforms in the country.

He appealed to Nigerians to ignore the All Progressive Congress, APC-led government and its supporters in the state, whom he described as rumour merchants and peddlers of fake news.

He tongue-lashed the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mohammed Onogu, for misleading the public without proper verification of the said defection.

He claimed that such falsehood and campaign of calumny could not stop the resolve of the oppressed people of the state, who had suffered in terms of socio-economic damages inflicted on them by the maladministration from booting the party out of power.

He denied the report cited in some sections of the news media that the Governorship Candidate of SDP, Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, has collapsed his structure for APC.

The SDP Spokesman, therefore, appealed to the electorates to vote massively for his candidate in the coming governorship election in the state.

Standard Gazette investigation, however, revealed that there was a crack in the rank of the Social Democratic Party, SDP in the State following the inability of the flag bearer, Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, to harmonise the party leadership and his campaign structure across the state.

An insider who spoke to The Standard Gazette on condition of anonymity said the party’s governorship candidate needs to act fast to avoid the crisis escalating into a situation that will affect the fortunes of the party in the state.

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