From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has suspended its Deputy National Chairman, Abdul Ahmed Isaq, for 10 months over alleged anti-party activities and financial misappropriation.
A statement from the SDP ward chairman of Badarawa/Malali, Kaduna, Yunusa Sani Mohammad, said, “The leadership of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Badarawa/Malali Ward has suspended the party Deputy National Chairman, Abdul Ahmed Ishaq, base on the following reasons: Anti-party activities and Financial misappropriation.
“His suspension from his ward was ratified by all the Ward’s Executives (Excos) present at the last Ward Exco’s meeting.
“Abdul Ahmed Ishaq is expected to stay away from any activities of the party for the period of ten (10) months from 29th of May, 2018.
“The leadership of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Badarawa/Malali Ward appeal to all stakeholders of the party, both at the ward, local government, State and National level to see his suspension as part of the beauty of democracy since it is in line with our party’s constitution.
The Ward Chairman, Comrade Yunusa Sani Mohammed, who signed the suspension letter, said he hoped to meet the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party with all valid documents and other petitioners.
He said “His suspension has shown the level of internal democracy, discipline and respect for constituted authority at all level in our great party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Our party strongly believes in the rule of law, zero tolerance to corruption and impunity.”
The ward chairman, had through a query letter dated 15th May, 2018 to the suspended officer said, “Our party the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Badarawa/Malali ward, Kaduna, has received a petition on your involvement in anti-party activities and shoddy financial dealings, which is detrimental to the corporate existence of our great party and also amount to its sabotage.”
In the query letter, the party alleged, “That you are involved in political parties racketeering and has hidden multiple political parties membership. As you are aware, the Electoral Act (2012 as amended) did not allow any citizen of our dear country to hold dual membership of two or more political parties at the same time, it is criminal.
“That you are heading, coordinating and promoting the Change Agenda of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the ruling party under an organization, ‘The Buhari Ambassadors for Unity and Good Governance (BAUGOGO), which you formed. This indicates that you serve as double agent behind the scene.
“That as a national officer of the party, you stage managed the financial affairs of the state party account, where you become one of its signatories. That you cornered all the financial support meant to the state candidates of our party, including your running mate during the 2015 elections, which amount to cheating.”
The party gave the officer 48 hours to respond on receipt of the letter why disciplinary action would not be taken against him.
On 23rd May, 2018, the ward chairman of Badarawa/Malali, Yunus Sani Mohammad, in a letter of suspension to Abdul Ahmed Ishaq, explained, “Please recalled that you were recently served with a query letter dated 15th May, 2018 where you are allegedly involved in financial impropriety, anti-party activities, couple with multiple political party affiliations, which you blatantly refused to respond.
“Preliminary investigation and available documents presented to this office by the petitioners clearly shows you are culpable.
“In view of the gravity of your actions, you are hereby suspended from the activities of the party for a period of 10 months from the date of issuance of this letter to you. This would enable proper investigation by fair minded committee complete its findings.”