By Rotimi Ojomoyela, Ado-Ekiti
Ado-Ekiti- The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has announced May 10,2018 as the date of the party’s governorship primaries ahead of the July 14 poll.
Among the contestants for the party’s ticket are Olamide Oni, a serving member of the House of Representatives who defected from the APC to the party; a former deputy governor of the state, Chief Adebisi Omoyeni, former Ambassador to Canada, Chief Dare Bejide and Mr. Oladele Ayegbusi among others.
Engr. Bankole Oludele, the SDP Secretary in the state has also declared the readiness of the party to organize a credible, free and fair governorship primaries.
He noted that the primary would be held at the SDP state secretariat along Iyin Road, Basiri, Ado-Ekiti while the party would flag off its campaign on May 15 and end same on July 12.
He disclosed the party was poised to displace the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the July 14 governorship election.
His words, “If you follow the trend of events, we have about six aspirants now. Let me say the aspirants had obtained their party’s nomination forms, completed it and four of them are on their way to Abuja to submit same.
“The primary election is coming up on the 10th of May, 2018. After the primary election, our party will now have her own candidate who is going to represent the SDP in the governorship election.”
The Ekiti SDP scribe explained that 5th of May has been slated for ward congress to elect delegates who are to vote at the primary while claims and objections are to be received between the 7th and the 8th of May.
Describing the SDP as the “third force,” Oludele claimed that the party has been receiving new members on daily basis who believe in its manifesto.
He noted that the SDP manifesto incorporates agriculture, education, road infrastructure and industrial development.