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The national secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has announced that it is still solidly behind its governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, Hon. Mohammed Alfa Mustapha.

Naija News recalls that two days before the March 18 governorship and state house of assembly elections in Nasarawa State, reports that emanated from the chairman of SDP in the state claimed that Alfa Mustapha had been suspended from the party. Based on this, he was not qualified to run for the post of governor under the platform.

However, a statement from the party’s national secretary, Dr. Olu Ogunloye, stressed that the party’s State Working Committee (SWC) has not suspended the governorship candidate.

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He, however, asserted that neither the state chairman nor the SWC had the authority to kick the governorship candidate out of the party or rescind his permission to run for office under the party’s platform.

He said, “It is a huge misinformation and grievous untruth for the Nasarawa State Chairman or anyone to say that he has been ‘instructed from above’ to carry out the illegality of attempting to suspend or expel our governorship candidate, Hon Mohammed Alfa Mustapha from the party two days to the election. This is not only false, but it is also malicious. Neither the national chairman nor the NWC has authorized the state chairman or his SWC to disown or suspend the governorship candidate.

“The moves and maneuvers of the state chairman have been countermanded effectively by the leadership of the party.

“I can authoritatively say, on behalf of the national chairman and the National Working Committee, that the Social Democratic Party and all its structures are firmly behind Hon Mohammed Alfa Mustapha and all SDP candidates in Nasarawa State.

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“We urge all our members and the public to vote SDP all the way on Saturday, 18th March 2023.”

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