The Social Democratic Party, SDP has listed certain conditions to be fulfilled in order for it to admit the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC and 2023 presidential aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Rumours of Tinubu’s planned defection to the party started gaining grounds last week after reports emerged that he may not emerge the presidential flagbearer of the ruling party.

Speaking on the matter, Acting National chairman of the party, Chief Supo Shonibare disclosed to journalists that certain key condition must be met before anyone is allowed to join the party.

He revealed that the party won’t welcome;

  1. People who have been convicted (Ex-convicts)
  2. People with pending cases in Court.

In his words; “We won’t welcome people who have been convicted even if they say they are appealing against the conviction, we won’t welcome people with pending cases even if the case has not been determined.”

“If, prima facie, we look at their matter and we see that there are allegations against them that are waiting, because we have a committee consisting of lawyers, if they look at the allegations, particularly when the charge has been proffered, and the person has not been convicted, we will not wish to push people like that as our flag bearers in the face of indictment..”

He added that the party was widely accepted by Nigerians and currently being seen as an alternative to both the APC and PDP.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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