By; KUNLE SANNI, Kaduna
The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prof Tunde Adeniran has relinguished the office.
This was contained in a statement by the National Press Secretary of the party, Ambassador Rufis B. Aiyenigba made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
According to the statement, Prof Adeniran, a one time minister of education and Nigeria’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Germany made his decision known to the party at the sitting of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja.
Prof Adeniran who is 75 years old, said the decision was largely influenced by his family members who have desired over time that he stepped out of partisan politics.
The statement stressed further, “in line with the provisions of Article 13 of the constitution of the party, Dr. Olu Agunloye, the Deputy National Chairman (South) who is from his zone and in the position to step in going by the provision of the constitution was said not to be amenable to assuming the position.
“As such, Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isiaq, the Deputy National Chairman (North) has stepped in as the new acting National Chairman of the party, pending necessary ratification by the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Convention of the party.
“The decision of the former National Chairman has been duly communicated to INEC”.
The former chairman promised to continue to cherish and promote the vision of the party for a greater and egalitarian Nigerian society and to always support and wish the party well and to continue in promoting the true interest of Nigeria in his new status as an elderstatesman.
Members of the NWC of the party congratulated him on his birthday and appreciated his great service and remarkable contributions to the party during his time as national chairman and wished him well in his future endeavours.