SDP Crisis Deepens As NEC Suspends Acting National Chair, Secretary

SDP Crisis Deepens As NEC Suspends Acting National Chair, Secretary

 

Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the leadership crisis rocking the Social Democratic Party (SDP) took a new twist yesterday as the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party suspended the acting national chairman Dr Olu Agunloye and national secretary, Shehu Gabam.

The NEC which suspended the two party leaders for various abuses of the constitution, also accused them of cornering the fees for expression of interest and nomination forms paid by the party’s governorship aspirant in the recent Anambra State election Obinna Uzor.

The NEC which held in Abuja how fixed a national convention of the party for April 27 to 29 this year.

The NEC was presided over by the party’s deputy national chairman (North) Dr Abdul Ahmed Isaq, who was hitherto suspended by the party.

However attempts to disrupt the gathering by some youths allegedly loyal to the Agunloye camp was repelled by security operatives who was present at the premises of the meeting which held in a hotel at Area 3.

Isaq who was readmitted into the party yesterday by the NEC, said the emergency meeting was called based on the provision of Article14 (2) 1, which states that the NEC may summon an emergency any time it seems fit provided a seven days notice is given to all those statutory to attend.

On the suspension of Agunloye and Gabam, the party’s communiqué said, “The NEC considered the various abuses of the constitution by the following underlisted officers and therefore agreed by majority to suspend; Alhahi Shehu Gabam and Dr Olu Agunloye.”

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The communiqué also said, “all state chairmen, officers in any organ of the party purportedly suspended is not acceptable and any notice or communication in that regard is null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

Speaking earlier Isaq who accused the two party leaders of exploiting Article 19.4 to suspend party members who opposed their actions, alleged that Gabam and Agunloye refused to let the SDP governorship candidate in Anambra State pay the required 11million for expression of interest and nominations forms.

The NEC which fixed the party’s convention for April, also setup the convention planning, zoning and reconciliation committees comprising two members from each region for each of the committees.

Phone calls made to Gabam line were not picked as of the time of fling this report.

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