The Social Democratic Party, SDP, says it will be the party to beat in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states respectively.
In a release issued yesterday and signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isiaq, the party says apart from fielding the best candidates who have proven records of integrity and service delivery to the people, it has adequately strategised on how it would win the gubernatorial elections and other elected offices that would contested for in the local council elections.
The SDP, which fought gallantly in the last governorship elections losing narrowly in Adamawa and katsina states respectively, has a member in the House of Representatives, Biturs Laori, who was the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly before he defeated candidates from the PDP and APC to clinch the seat in the lower chambers.
Expressing optimism, the party says it is determined to increase its electoral fortunes in the coming election stressing that already the achievements of the few members that won in the last general elections in various states, speak volume for its philosophy and ideology.
“The SDP is desirous of increasing its electoral fortunes by working hard to ensure that its candidates win the governorship elections coming up in kogi and Bayelsa states this year. The party, which has one House of Rep member from Adamawa state in the Nat’l Assembly along a member in the same Adamawa State House of Assembly SHA, SHA member in Delta, and a councilor in River state has set machinery in motion for peaceful conduct of the party primaries in the affected states in addition to having written to the INEC to notify it of the dates of the impending primaries,” it says urging the electoral body to endeavour to conduct a free and fair elections.
Assuring aspirants of a fair opportunity to seek the mandate of the people, states it would create a level playing field for all to fulfillment on its platform. The release directed its state chairmen in Niger and Borno states where preparations are in top gear for local government and senatorial elections respectively to work very hard to achieve success.
The election should be conducted with “reasonable level of perfection on the side of INEC” noting once the electoral set standard by the way and manner its conducts the elections the parties in contention would be compelled to follow suit.
Meanwhile, the party calls on officials to conduct a free and primaries that would produce credible candidates and reduce the margin of error to the barest minimum.
The governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states are scheduled for November and December

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