By Chioma Iruke, The Sight News
ABUJA—Jerry Gana’s presidential campaign organisation of the Social democratic Party, SDP, on Tuesday, accused the leadership of the party of being responsible for the exclusion of Professor Jerry Gana’s name from the final list of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Director General of the organisation, Dr. Ike Neilaku who spoke with newsmen, expressed his disappointment in the party for their laxity in carrying out the orders of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which recognised Prof. Gana as the party’s presidential flag bearer.
Dr. Neilaku, accused the party’s leadership of using delay tactics in frustrating Gana’s effort, stating that it was putting the party in a bad light before the public.
According to him, “It is our expectation that the credible leaders of the SDP and our teeming supporters will rise and rescue this party from the hands of traders, merchants and ‘transactionalists’.
“This is not about Prof. Jerry Gana, it is about right versus wrong, it is about the destiny of millions of Nigerians whose lives have been mismanaged”.
Reaching out to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Alpha Mohammed on the issue, he confirmed the grievances of Gana’s team, adding that both the National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae and National Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gaban be held responsible for Gana’s omission.
He further stated that the youths parliament of the party were at the party’s headquarter in Abuja earlier today protesting the parties injustice on Gana.
“Yes, they are not far from the truth because the court had ordered both the INEC and SDP to execute specific order, while the INEC complied by removing Donald Duke’s name from its list, the party is yet to comply.
“As I am communicating with you now, the youth’s parliaments from the 36 states of the federation and FCT are in the national secretariat protesting the non-submission of Prof Jerry Gana as the presidential candidate of the party”, he remarked.
He further ascertained that similarly, about 90% of the National working committee members along with three of the four functioning National vice-chairmen submitted another letter on Monday giving the national chairman “24 hours” ultimatum.
In his words, “We heard that the women parliaments are warming up to storm the National headquarters, same for the candidates and state chairmen.
“We can’t understand why Prof Gana who was fully prepared to flag off his campaign from Sokoto last week Saturday in a very big way is being held down. Only the national chairman can explain.”
He maintained a positive stand, saying, “Be that as it may, we are not discouraged, our campaign coordinators are being mobilised to dominate the grass-roots and the response is wonderful. Going round the states by the candidate is just a formality based on popular demand by millions of Prof Jerry Gana, A.K.A ‘Mr Do it right’s admirers.”