Social Democratic Party, SDP, and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Niger State have resolved to work together in the interest of peace and development of the state and Suleja Local Government Area in particular where the SDP against all odds shocked the ruling party by securing convincing victories in three councillorship seats.
The parties reached the truce in a meeting last weekend.
State Chairman of the SDP, Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, said in a statement made available to Nigerian Pilot, yesterday, that both parties agreed to cooperate and combine forces to ensure the advancement of one of the oldest but less developed local councils in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the chairman had earlier warned the APC against oppressing the minority party by tampering with the victory recorded by three of its councillorship candidates in the just concluded local government election, stressing that doing so would upset the present fragile peace within the council.
The statement indicated that the APC had, following a public outcry against plots to unseat the councilors, called for a parley where matters of mutual interest were deliberated and an agreement struck. The SDP was led to the meeting by the chairman, who along with other party leaders and the elected councilors, met with the newly elected council Chairman, Ahmed Dikko Kassi.
“The two parties agreed to continue to work together as partners on issues of mutual interest. The SDP councilors promised to fully cooperate with the APC administration in the interest of all.
“The chairman-elect promised to carry the SDP councilors along in the day to day activities of the local government and promised that as a democrat, he will never hate or plot against the opposition.”
The SDP Councilors-elect are: Sani Adamu, Abbass and Dogo, respectively. Others that attended the meeting are Mr. Abdullateef Omiyale, SDP Chairman, Suleja, Secretary, Mallam Salisu Abubakar, Mrs. Franca Francis, Mrs. Blessing Igah and Hajiya Mariam Mohammed, the SDP Woman Leader in Suleja.

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