A faction of the Social Democratic Party has dissociated itself from the reported plan by some opposition parties to form a coalition.
According to The PUNCH, the faction made its position known in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alpha Mohammed, on Friday.
The statement read, “These reports suggest that the SDP, alongside other major opposition parties in Nigeria, is involved in forming a coalition against President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
“We acknowledge the existence of a substantial conspiracy, reportedly backed by influential opposition figures and certain private sector entities.
“The SDP firmly distances itself from such unpatriotic and undemocratic political tactics.”
He added, “To eliminate any confusion, it is important to note that the mainstream SDP, currently embroiled in a legal struggle against certain factions illegitimately recognised by INEC, is committed to engaging with President Tinubu’s administration constructively for the next three years.
“This approach excludes any involvement in schemes aimed at destabilising the government or distracting its focus.”
It would be recalled that on Thursday, seven opposition parties comprised of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, the SDP, the Allied Peoples Movement, the Zenith Labour Party, the Young Progressives Party, and the PDP announced a coalition under the umbrella of the Coalition of Concerned Political Parties.