Okwe Obi, Abuja
The Director, Foreign and Diaspora Affairs of the Social Democratic (SDP), Dr. Godwin Duru, has alleged that the party has been hijacked by cabals.
He has therefore resigned his membership of the party.
Duru, a member of a breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Fresh PDP, said he was no longer comfortable with the state of affairs in the SDP.
Duru had moved SDP together with former National Chairmanship aspirant, Prof. Tunde Adeniran and former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, among others.
Duru contested the National Organising Secretary (NOS) position at the convention but lost.
He said in his letter of resignation to the SDP National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, that members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party have turned themselves to political merchants whose the objective is to manipulate the due process for undue quest for money.
He noted that the same impunity, imposition of candidates, corruption which was dominant in the PDP is the current practice in SDP.
Duru told journalists that Falae has lost control of the party, and accused a member of the party’s NWC of running the SDP like a private estate.
Although he refused to declare for any political party, he however, praised the conduct of PDP presidential primary, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He was, however, quick to point out that such would not have been possible if the Fresh PDP had not protested against the conduct of the December 2017 National Convention.
Duru dismissed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by about 40 political parties to oust President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 as unworkable.
According to him, the Osun State rerun governorship election where the SDP candidate, Sen. Iyola Omisore worked for the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) against PDP candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, was an indication that the coalition has collapsed.
“What a serious political party would have done is to move in immediately and protect the candidate and made sure that the coalition works.
“But they didn’t that, and what happened? Omisore abandoned the coalition and accepted to work with the APC, ” Duru observed.