WITH only nine days to the Presidential election in Nigeria, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Thursday, withdrew from the race and adopted of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidates for February 16 election.
The NEC, who hanged its decisions on the protracted legal tussle that had rocked the party in recent time, said it was imperative to technically withdraw from the presidential election and focus on the National Assembly, Governorship and State Assemblies elections, which the party had already fielded candidates across the country.
In a communiqué authorized by the Director, Media and Publicity of the party, Honourable Yemi Akinbode, after the meeting in Abuja, the NEC expressed regret that since the end of the National Convention of the party in Abuja, and emergence of Donald Duke as the presidential candidate, the party has been enmeshed in litigation which has significantly sapped its energy, time and resources.
“With less than nine days before the presidential election, our great party is caught up in a web with very little room for manoeuvre. The options before us at this critical junction are limited, we either realign our forces or we lose out completely because we cannot campaign, we cannot do anything,” it stated.