The National leadership of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) has described the statement credited to the former Chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae, that anybody claiming to be the National Chairman of the party is “floating on water” as fallacious.
The party said the malicious statement is capable of distorting facts or to influence pending court process.
The party’s outburst was contained in a statement issued and signed by the National Secretary of the party, Dr. Olu Agunloye.
The party said such statement is not expected from a revered leader like Falae, the former chairman of the party, and said the statement should be seen as his personal view.
Agunloye maintained that the statement is grossly erroneous and misleading.
According to him, the party decided to respond to the former Secretary to the Federal Government claims for clarity and to put the record straight.
The SDP Secretary stated that Falae who abruptly resigned his appointment as the National Chairman of the party some seven days to the 2019 general elections and publicly announced this resignation and his retirement from politics, has proceeded to mislead the public and has attempted to create a faction of SDP in Ondo state after his resignation and retirement from politics.
Agunloye however, said the current actions of Falae to cast aspersions on SDP are completely unwarranted and are strongly condemned, and enjoined member of the public to disregard the utterances of Falae.
Putting the record straight, Agunloye alleged that Falae who has lost touch with happening in the party has been romancing with the then National Vice Chairman, Supo Shonibare and his supporters while the group lured him to place unfounded personal opinion in the public domain.
He said “Chief Supo Shonibare who claims that Afenifere, the socio-cultural organisation in Yorubaland had directed him to take over the SDP is relying on charges of mismanagement against Chief Olu Falae, a Deputy Leader of Afenifere in order to justify his (Shonibare’s) case pending at a Federal High Court.
“INEC formally testified at the Federal High Court in the case brought by Chief Supo
Shonibare in 2020 and 2021 that the March 2016 Convention on which Chief Falae based
his own election was not covered by INEC. This could mean that Chief Falae’s own National Chairmanship was actually in the waters from March 2016 struggling to float, but perhaps drowning, until the October 2018 National Convention which came to his rescue”