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2019: Falae Calls On SDP Members To Boycott Gana’s Campaigns

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The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Olu Falae, has warned party members not to attend any event organized by Prof. Jerry Gana

The National Chairman of the SDP, Olu Falae has demanded that all members of the party should not attend any of the events being scheduled by Prof. Jerry Gana and his Presidential Campaign Committee.

Falae said that doing so might amount to contempt of the court.

The Chairman disclosed that he had received a letter dated December 27 from Gana seeking his leave as SDP National Chairman to “unveil the vision and programme” of his Presidential Campaign.

He added that Gana in the letter was also inviting him as “Chief Host” at both the “unveiling” programme scheduled for Saturday December 29, and at the “Summit of Stakeholders" planned for Saturday January 5 , 2019.

He recalled that earlier correspondence from Gana made it clear that he based the proposals on the judgment of the FCT High Court dated December 14 , 2018 .

Falae said that the counsel of all the five defendants in the case (including SDP), Wole Olanipekun & Co, had already appealed to the Court of Appeal against that judgement.

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“We have also, through our counsel , filed a motion at the Court of Appeal , praying for certain reliefs including stay of execution of the judgment of the High Court and injunctive reliefs against Prof. Jerry Gana, pending the determination of the Appeal .

"All the relevant processes have been served on Prof . Jerry Gana’ s Counsel .

“In the light of the foregoing we cannot and should not attend any of the events being scheduled by Prof . Jerry Gana and his Campaign Committee as it will amount to a breach of the court process and may amount to contempt of Court .

“I appeal to all Party officials at all levels , leaders and members to stay calm and refrain from participating in actions designed to pre-empt the courts. We must remain loyal to the Party which is more important than any of us.

“We are all one party and we are all united. ’’

It would be recalled that the  party had earlier declared former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, as its flag bearer for the 2019 general elections .