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Friday 15th November 2019,
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Why we revived Awolowo, MKO’s party — Falae, Fasehun BY LEKE BAIYEWU AND GBENGA ADENIJI


Former minister and presidential candidate, Chief Olu Falae and founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Dr. Frederick Faseun, have said they are reviving  old opposition parties to give the electorate an alternative to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the mega opposition party, All Progressives Congress.

While Falae is leading the Social Democratic Party that produced the winner of the annulled 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola, Faseun is leading the revival of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo-led Unity Party of Nigeria.

Speaking to our correspondents on Friday, Falae said SDP had been re-registered and a new certificate had been issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He added that the party was partnering with 16 other opposition parties, which were in merger talks.

“The Social Democratic Party has been revived and it is at the forefront of Nigerian politics. If you don’t belong to PDP or APC, SDP is available. It once ruled Nigeria. It controlled the Senate and House of Representatives, and had 22 governors out of 30.

“The party is back and registered with INEC. It is available as an alternative to PDP and APC. These parties are going to work with SDP and we are consolidating to make SDP the third force in Nigerian politics.”

In a separate interview, Faseun said UPN, which was processing its registration with INEC, would be launched before the end of 2013.

He said unlike other political parties, UPN would focus on the welfare of the citizenry.

“We have our ideology. We will not be a political party looking into the air. We are purely social welfare organisation,” Fasehun noted.

Meanwhile,  Faseun has advised politicians and individuals making inciting statements to have a rethink, saying, “Only God knows who will be around in 2015.’’

He added that it was vital for individuals eyeing public offices in the next election to sheath their swords.

Faseun also said the OPC was committed to the ideals of the Yoruba race, and that those linking it with terrorism were ignorant of the group’s focus.

A former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Abubakar Tsav,  had on Thursday labelled OPC  a terrorist organisation while condemning FG’s onslaught on the Boko Haram sect.

But the OPC founder said it was only the Yoruba race that could say if they still wanted the group or not.

He said, “Those saying what is not true about OPC are ignorant. It is only the Yoruba who have the right to say whether the organisation is desirable or otherwise.’’


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