The Social Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday formally unveiled its National Working Committee (NWC), vowing to restructure the country, if it wins the 2019 presidential election.
The inauguration of the new party executives took place in Abuja and the event was attended by the recent defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including ex-Information Minister, Prof Jerry Gana and former Education Minister, Prof Tunde Adeniran.
Both party leaders, who were Board of Trustees (BoT) members of PDP, had defected to SDP last week.
While former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae retained his position as National Chairman, Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isiaq is the Deputy National Chairman.
In his address at the occasion, Falae lamented the dearth of leadership in the country, noting that the SDP would address fundamental challenges bedeviling the Nigerian state if elected into power.
According to him, the party is irrevocably committed to justice, fairness, democracy, accountability and zero tolerance for corruption, adding that the SDP government will go the whole hog to ensure international cooperation to build a common humanity, within a secure and peaceful world order.
“The SDP shall tirelessly pursue effective implementation of restructuring the Nigerian federation and reconciling the various peoples so as to achieve peace, harmony, security, defence and stability.
“We shall grow and transform the national economy to be dynamic, productive and sustainable, so as to generate incomes, create jobs and produce prosperity for all Nigerians.
“We shall raise Nigeria’s defence capabilities in order to ensure effective defence, peace and security,” Falae stated even as he stressed the preparedness of the party to “refine Nigeria’s foreign policy to promote international cooperation, trade and a peaceful world order.”
In what appeared as condemnation of successive administrations’ inability to effectively harness the resource endowments in the land, Falae noted that under the watch of an SDP government, Nigeria will witness an “Accelerated power generation, power transmission, and power distribution to provide the essential energy requirements for national development.”
Other members of the NWC at the gathering included, Shehu Gabam (National Secretary), Dr. Junaid Muhammed (National Vice Chairman), Barrister Joseph Abu (National Legal Adviser) and Comrade Stanley Nwakanma (Youth leader).
Others included Chief Nnamdi Clarkson (National Treasurer), Akinbode Oluyemi (National Publicity Secretary) and Barrister Emeka Atuma (National Organising Secretary), among others.
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