Forty three offices are up for grabs today when about 500 delegates converge in Abuja for the national delegate conference of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Chief Olu Falae, who has held the mantle as national chairman of the party since its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in 2014, remains a sole candidate for the position having only recently received overwhelming vote of confidence from the party faithful.
Though Nigerian Pilot scooped that aspirants are working round the clock to reach consensus on most of the offices, our findings established that two candidates are deadlocked for the post of national secretary.
The duo of Dr Sadiq Abubakar Umar and Dr Abdul Isiaq, the immediate past national secretary and national publicity secretary, are vying for the post of the national scribe.
Both, according to dependable sources, are yet to arrive at any discernible consensus and may slug it out at the convention today.
The convention to be held at the Chida Hotel today will be attended by no fewer than 500 delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the party made impressive showing at the 2014 general elections despite being less than eight months old prior to the elections held in February and April.
It won a seat in the House of Representatives, two House of Assembly seats and a reasonable councillorship seats; and only recently performed well in the local council elections in Niger State.
Against this backdrop, the national chairman, Chief Falae, a former presidential candidate under the AD/APP accord in the 1999 presidential election, believes given time the party would be the bride of the nation on account of its ideologies and the credibility of the individuals within it.
Sources said that Chief Falae is pressed to return as chairman because he has been the sole financier of the party and holds the mina torch needed to revamp, reposition and drive the party to success since he has considerable political clout as well as integrity.
Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, the former deputy national publicity secretary, is vying unopposed for the post of substantive national secretary.