The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Dr Olu Agunloye, has officially resigned from his position, with immediate effect.
In a chat with reporters on Wednesday in Abuja, Agunloye said his resignation was to respect the zoning arrangement in the party.
He disclosed that the party has zoned its 2023 presidential ticket to the South, stressing that all positions held by Southerners are now zoned to the North.
The SDP chieftain revealed that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party met on March 22, 2022, and made the decision.
Agunloye added that his decision to step down from his position and become the party’s acting National Secretary is strengthen the party’s chances in the 2023 general election.
He said: “So, there is no big deal about swapping in the party because the presidential aspirant is coming from the South. In fact, one of the leading aspirants is coming from Ondo State.
“It is not politically expedient to allow the presidential candidate to come from the South and the National Chairman also from Ondo state, which is part of the south.
“And for me, to do so without commotion is to resign my position as a national chairman of the party.
“As I am speaking to you, I’m sitting on my desk that I used when I was the acting National Chairman but now, I’m the acting National Secretary.
Speaking on his recent suspension by the Ondo chapter of the party over alleged anti-party activities, Agunloye said his suspension from the party is null and void.
He said: “My suspension was mischievous and action of some people that had no locus. Those who claimed to have suspended me did so because he was making waves in Nigeria.
“As at the time they claimed I have been suspended, I was presiding over a national working committee meeting of the party.”
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