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  On Wednesday night, during a meeting held in Abuja, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) made an announcement that they would be endorsing the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, for the upcoming polls on Saturday. The SDP is a political party in Nigeria, and the Labour Party is another political party, also operating within the country. This move came as a surprise to many political analysts and commentators, who had been speculating on who the SDP would support.
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The SDP’s leadership team, including Chief Supo Shonibare, the national chairman, and Saleh Dass, the national secretary, released a statement to the press on Thursday morning to clarify the rationale behind their decision. The statement provided an explanation for why the party had chosen to support Peter Obi, instead of any other candidate, including those from their own party or other parties in the race. It is not yet clear how this endorsement will impact the outcome of the election, but it has certainly created a buzz in the political landscape of Nigeria. The statement read:
“We deliberated on the report of the Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina Committee, investigating the allegation that some of our leaders from Oyo State, issued a statement declaring support for a candidate other than the Labour Party’s Mr Peter Obi…The NWC has accepted and adopted the disciplinary action recommended by the Ikeyina Committee and suspended the leaders involved. Should they object to this decision, they have the right to appeal to the NWC, through the National Secretary of the Party.”

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“With the presidential elections only a day away, the NWC again considered its position on which candidate best demonstrates an ability to engender a stable polity, as well as provide prudent economic management of our nation’s resources. “Judicious consideration was given to the contending candidates, especially with regard to which best bears testament to the goal of rotation of the office of the President and the need to continue to encourage inclusivity in the polity.

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“Giving consideration to both internal and external factors, and our earlier decision to support an opposition party candidate in the presidential elections, the SDP reaffirms its support for Mr Peter Obi and Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed Datti in their bid for the Presidency and Vice Presidency respectively. “The party therefore enjoins its members and all Nigerians desirous of a stable, inclusive and forward-leaning polity to come out en masse to vote for the Labour Party in the Presidential elections scheduled for Saturday, February 25th, 2023.”
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This article was first published on 23rd February 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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