Social Democratic Party, SDP, members have been tasked to brace up in wrestling power from the ruling All Progressives Party, APC, come 2019, both at the national and state levels.
Chairman of the newly constituted SDP Executive Council in Osun State, Chief Ademola Ishola gave this challenge while addressing the state congress of the party in Osogbo, the state capital, over the weekend.
Chief Ishola said Saturday, January 16, would be remembered for good, as a day the newly invigorated SDP took a decision to spread across the federation and take over the mantle of leadership through its exemplary programmes, socio-relevant manifesto and superb organisation, with a view to providing better alternative in terms of good governance.
Ishola, who expressed optimism that SDP, despite its position among the opposition parties in the country, would unseat the present government, urged members of the party to embrace peace and ensure unity among themselves, saying such ambition could only be achieved in a peaceful atmosphere.
He thus charged members of the party in Osogbo and across the country on the need to respect party constitution and work assiduously as a team to take over government both in the state and at the federal level.
“Party members need to cooperate with one another and work as a team in order to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, at the national and the state level.
“This feat can be realised only if and when members of the party maintain party discipline at all time, respect the constitution and accept party supremacy.”
The newly elected chairman further charged party members to be tolerant in the cause of working for the victory of the party.
This, according to him, could be accomplished when members eschew bitterness and provocation from the opposing political parties and remain dogged in achieving success.
Ishola assured members of the party of his readiness and preparedness to reposition the party as the ready alternative to the ruling party in the state.
Debunking the alleged involvement of the national chairman of the party in the $2.1 billion arms procurements fund diversion, Ishola said Chief Olu Falae was paid money based on intra-party agreement after Chief Tony Anenih agreed to the three terms of the SDP and former President Goodluck Jonathan was adopted as the presidential candidate to be voted for by the SDP.
Ishola stressed that at no time did the party had any link with the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasunki.
He explained that the terms put forward by the SDP to PDP were that corruption and terrorism be halted, and that employment must be generated and provided for the youths.
He also chided the state governor for failure to pay salaries and fulfil the obligation of government.

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