ABUJA-Former Minister of Education and one-time Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Professor Tunde Adeniran has said the Social Democratic Party (SDP) is set to receive more defectors from rival political parties in the weeks ahead, noting that the party has become the preferred destination of genuine lovers of democracy.
Adeniran, who defected into the SDP a fortnight ago, alongside some key founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including ex-Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana and erstwhile Chief of Staff to former Governor, Isah Yuguda Bauchi State, Hon. Shehu Gabam also noted that his new party is preparing to make an impact in the 2019 general elections.
In a chat with Vanguard on Monday, Adeniran said: “We expect more people to join the SDP from other political parties and various platforms in view of its determination to be guided by some fundamental principles, policies and people-oriented programmes.
“We also expect an influx based on its ideological orientations. As for 2019, we are consolidating on these values to give us a footing for necessary planning and preparations.”
Findings by this medium reveal that some aggrieved members of the PDP would be left with no option but to align forces with the SDP, if their grievances against the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee of the PDP, are not addressed. Already, talks are ongoing between the party and the Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) for a possible alliance ahead of the 2019 polls.
A party source who pleaded anonymity told this medium that the SDP will take advantage of the rift between the PDP and its aggrieved members to woo the later ahead of the polls, adding that “SDP is set to benefit from the troubles in some parties.”
According to him, “The SDP is already reaching out to these people and preliminary talks have been very fruitful. Apart from those who got angry at the conduct of the PDP convention, there are those who were sidelined long before the exercise. What about those who exhausted their energy and resources for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and are now stranded politically? We want to bring them back to the home of democracy where no one is too rich to make others hearers and not doers,” in the running of the party.
He also hinted at a plan to woo a PDP Presidential aspirant, who is set to miss out of the sole ticket not because he is not popular enough but “Because those that call the shots have vowed not to allow him contest the highest elective office on the PDP platform.”