The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has revealed that it endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its consensus candidate due to the “lingering legal battle” between Donald Duke, the winner of the SDP presidential primaries and his major challenger, Prof. Jerry Gana.
The party disclosed this on Thursday, in a statement, signed by the party’s Director of Media and Publicity, Yemi Akinbode, and made available to NAN.
According to Akinbode, they were not going into merger with the APC but had to take the decision as the party was unable to present a candidate.
He said, “We, therefore, feel that it is imperative to technically withdraw from the presidential election and focus on the National Assembly, governorship and state assembly elections, for which we have fielded candidates across the country.
“The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has resolved to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as candidates of our party for the 2019 presidential election.
“Members of the SDP are enjoined to vote for President Buhari at the presidential level only.”
The party also suspended its National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Muhammad, on grounds of anti-party activities.