Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, has announced his decision to quit partisan politics.
Falae, who was a former minister of Finance, was the presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and All Peoples Party (APP) in 1999.
He contested the 1999 presidential election against former President Olusegun Obasanjo but lost out.
While speaking with newsmen in his Akure residence, Falae said his decision to quit active partisan politics was personal, adding that he would have announced his decision earlier in September 2018 when he clocked 80 but for the convention of the party that was approaching then.
Falae also explained that there was a litigation that the party was battling with at that time, which could not make him make such announcement at that time.
He added that the next person to him in line with the constitution of the party was Professor Tunde Adeniran, and disclosed that he had handed over to him.
The SDP was recently thrown into crisis, after Professor Jerry Gana challenged the emergence of Donald Duke as the party’s presidential candidate in court.
Recall that a faction of the party had on Thursday adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate for next week’s election.
Falae has thus resigned his appointment as the party’s national chairman but it was not certain whether the resignation has been accepted by the party.