In their bid to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal government in 2019, chieftains of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Monday stormed the Bodija Ibadan residence of former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala to woo him and other political bigwigs in the state into the party.
Led by its National Chairman, Chief Oluyemisi Falae, a former Minister for Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran; Ambassador Yemi Farounbi; another former Minister, Dr. Olu Agunloye; Hon. Taiwo Akeju; Chief Kola Balogun and Princess Oyeronke Akinlolu, the SDP chieftains echoed the need for “all patriotic Nigerians who believe in national unity, justice, equity and progress to come together and rescue the nation.”
Both Falae and Adeniran spoke on the ideologies of SDP, just as they expressed optimism that Nigerians across geopolitical zones in the country were daily queuing behind the party to fast track the development of Nigeria from May, 2019.
Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of Federation, while speaking further, said they were in Ibadan to start the rebuilding of a new Nigeria project so as to safeguard the future of the nation from precipice and current “rudderless leadership”.
According to Falae, who was the 1999 Presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), “there is a need for us to be together to save Nigeria and restore democracy, by bringing about a new hope for fulfillment.”
Other South West leaders, who spoke one after the other at the parley, eulogised the political antecedents of their host, Akala and assured him of all benefits in SDP.
Responding, Akala who could not hide his joy said he was humbled to receive such a high powered delegation of notable elder statesmen in his residence.
Describing Falae and others as credible Nigerians who had made their marks in politics, Akala promised to get back to the party very soon after discussions with his statewide supporters.