The Chairman of the National Convention Organising Committee of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Mike Odunrinde, officially announced Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina, on Tuesday, as the flag bearer of the party in the 2023 presidential election.
He said that, out of the 311 delegates accredited, 308 voted to elect Ikeyina who represented Anambra Central in the Senate.
The Acting SDP National Chairman,Chief Supo Shonibare, while addressing the delegates from the 36 States of the Federation and FCT in Abuja at the convention, expressed optimism that the party’s candidates seeking various elective positions at Federal and State will be victorious at all levels during the 2023 general elections.
Shonibare also gave hints of an extraordinary convention disclosed upon the final determination of the court case bedeviling the party.
According to him the extraordinary convention is expected to involve members of the factional group,
He stressed that SDP leadership was “particularly mindful of the fate of our candidates.”
He said: “It may not be as quickly as we think but we are confident that we will prevail. And one thing I can assure you is that we will not back-off.We will continue to extend olive branch to the other tendencies who we know were never elected and we are particularly mindful of the fate of our Candidates because I tried to tell my colleagues that we must appreciate that candidates that have come as SDP candidates many of them may not know the division within the party.
“Even if they know the division within the party if the INEC station in their state tells them that a particular group whom they are dealing with its very difficult for candidates not to go in that direction.