Falae Unopposed As Sdp National Chairman
BEVERLY HILLS, March 11, (THEWILL) – Chief Olu Falae has been returned unopposed as the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during the party's national convention held in Abuja.
Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and 1999 presidential aspirant, in his acceptance speech, called on Nigerians desirous of positive and visible changes in 2019 to join the party.
“Come and join the SDP and contribute their quota towards our quest to evolve a new Nigeria where free basic education, peace and three square meals shall be assured for an average Nigerian,” he said.
He also revealed that two former governors and a former minister were set to “formally declare their intention to contest some near future elections on the platform of SDP.”
Falae had been in the news recently for his alleged involvement in the arms fund diversion saga, Dasukigate, a few weeks after he was kidnapped on his farm.
The convention, which was generally peaceful and orderly witnessed the return of 41 officers while four offices were filled by an election.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of SDP, Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, the results show that Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isiaq was elected as the new Deputy National Chairman of the party, having polled 264 votes to defeat his opponent, Usman Altine, who scored 77 votes.
Similarly, Alhaji Hussaini Saleh Dass polled 183 votes to defeat the incumbent National Secretary of SDP, Dr. Sadiq Abubakar Umar, who scored 163 votes.
Mohammed won the seat of the National Publicity Secretary, having scored 204 votes to defeat his sole rival, Jack Telly-Gyado, who scored 103 while Mr. Kelvin Damara from Adamawa State was elected into the office of the North-East Zonal Vice chairman.
Story by David Oputah