SDP Adopts Jonathan As Presidential Candidate, But PDP Requested Their Support

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Tuesday in Abuja
endorsed the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan in the Feb. 14
presidential election. The National Publicity of SDP, Abdul Isiaq, said this at
a news conference in Abuja.

He said that the party reached the decision following the
report of a committee set up by its National Executive Committee on adoption of
presidential candidates.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the National
Chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae, had hinted of the party’s decision to
adopt a presidential candidate.
He said that the development followed the inability of the
party to produce its own candidate for the office.
Mr. Isiaq said the committee, in the report presented to the
National Chairman of SDP, observed that of all the presidential candidates,
only that of the PDP formally requested the party’s support.
He said that the committee also observed that PDP had also
accepted the SDP’s required conditions to warrant the party’s support.
Mr. Isiaq said that part of the conditions was that PDP
would faithfully implement the 2014 National Conference report as a basis for
restructuring Nigeria.
Others, he added, were adoption of policy of zero tolerance
for corruption and intensification of efforts to defeat insurgency in the North
East, among others.
“Based on the foregoing observations, the committee has
unanimously recommended that SDP should endorse and support the candidature of
Jonathan.
“This is to enable him to complete the restructuring of the
polity based on the report of the National Conference 2014.
`”The party has accepted these recommendations and hereby
directed all its supporters and members throughout Nigeria to vote for
Jonathan’’, Isiaq said.
Mr. Isiaq, who was also the Chairman of the committee,
however, stressed that the support was limited strictly to the presidential
election.
According to him, it does not extend to any other elections,
adding that the SDP has candidates for other elections.

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