The Kwara State chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has said it threw its weight behind the presidential aspirant of the party in the state, John Dara because of the faith the party has in him to provoke the much needed difference in the polity.
Dara, a former PDP chieftain and gubernatorial aspirant announced his decision to contest for the presidential ticket in 2019 under the platform of the SDP recently.
Before his presidential ambition, he was reportedly one of the top members of the PDP being touted as a potential aspirant for the governorship race in the state.
But according to the Kwara state chairman of the party, Comrade Lekan Alabi, in a telephone chat with National Pilot, the endorsement for the erstwhile Special Adviser to General Theophilus Danjuma was not out of place but recognition of his qualities and capabilities.
He said the SDP fully believed in John Dara to make the much needed difference in the art of convince at the federal level.
According to him, “We believed in him and also believed in his pedigree as grassroots politician who has what it takes to govern the country in these serious economic challenges that called for political ingenuity and wizardry to make the difference”, he added.
Dara recently dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) few months to the 2019 elections in the country to embrace the SDP to seek for its presidential ticket.
Dara confirmed the development to our reporter in a text message few weeks ago but did not provide reasons for the sudden switch.
However, political pundits have pointed to the issue that it may not be unconnected with the leadership crisis rocking the state chapter of the party between Iyiola Oyedepo and prince Sunday Fagbemi over who is the authentic chairman of the party.
The development is seen as a major blow for the PDP which has repeatedly failed to unite personal interests and individual aspiration of members of the party that has threatened to tear it apart.
In his response to the issue, Dara told National Pilot in a text message that he did not regret his decision adding he is sure of picking the ticket.
“Yes it is true that I have joined the SDP and seeking for the presidential ticket and I am hopeful that I will win. My aspiration is not just to complete the numbers”, he added.