Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has stepped down as the running mate of the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Donald Duke, The PUNCH has learnt.
Junaid, who is one of the fiercest critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, told our correspondent during an interview that he decided to step down because of the “many hassles of the SDP.”
He said he also stepped down as the deputy national chairman of the SDP and had written letters to the chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae; and Duke.
Junaid said, “It is true. I stepped down a while ago because of the many hassles.
“I also resigned as deputy national chairman. I have written to Chief Olu Falae and Mr. Donald Duke. However, I have not resigned from the party.”
When asked if he would be supporting President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘take Nigeria to the next level’, Junaid laughingly responded, “You know I will never do such.”
Meanwhile, The Social Democratic Party has formalised the substitution of its 2019 Presidential Candidate’s running mate, Dr. Mohammed Junaid, with Mr. Shehu Musa Gabam, who is also the National Secretary of the party.
SDP National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, who gave the confirmation on Thursday in Abuja, said that the substitution was done long ago.
He said that Junaid’s substitution was subjected to deliberation at the party’s leadership level which he was a member.
Mohammed said the consensus was that Junaid should step down as running mate to the SDP Presidential Candidate, Donald Duke, for strategic reasons.
“Hence, as a genuine party man, he voluntarily stepped down and thereafter signed all the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) forms required to perfect the substitution process.
“He remains one of our highly respected leaders the party is proud to have.
“Meanwhile, the substitution which was done long ago now has Shehu Musa Gabam from the North East as our vice presidential candidate,” he said.