Former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae was yesterday returned unopposed as the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, vowing to re-launch the party to nationally acceptable level ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The former AD/APP presidential candidate in the 1999 presidential election was returned along with 41 other officers and entrusted with the mantle of leadership of the party by about 500 delegates at the party’s convention held in Abuja on Wednesday through Thursday morning.
Falae enjoined Nigerians who are desirous of positive and visible changes come 2019 to join the party and contribute their quota to the party’s quest to evolve a new Nigeria where free basic education, peace and three square meals would be assured for an average Nigerian.
The ex-Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Government of the Federation also announced that two former governors and a former minister were set to defect to the party and would contest future elections on the party‘s platform.
The convention, the first following the 2015 general elections in which the SDP recorded reasonable successes, also produced a new national deputy chairman and secretary respectively.
Dr Abdul Ahmed Isiaq, the former national publicity secretary, defeated Usman Altine with 264 votes against 77 to step into the office of national deputy chairman while Alhaji Hussaini Saleh Dass edged the incumbent national secretary, Dr Sadiq Abubakar Umar, with 183 votes as against 163.
Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, erstwhile deputy national publicity scribe, was returned the national publicity secretary having polled 204 votes to defeat his sole rival, Barrister Jack Telly-Gyado who scored 103 votes.
In another keenly contested office, the North-East zonal vice chairmanship was won by Mr Kelvin Damara from Adamawa State.
Though some delegates had alleged that external forces attempted to hijack the convention, the exercise was peaceful and orderly.
The national convention committee was headed by Chief Korede Duyile, the Ondo State chairman of the party.

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