The SDP National Publicity Secretary, Rufus Aiyenigba, made the clarification at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has denied reports that the party has formed an alliance with Bola Tinubu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election.
The clarification was given by the SDP National Publicity Secretary, Rufus Aiyenigba in Abuja on Thursday.
He added that the person behind the false claim is one Alfa Mohammed who is a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the SDP but has since defected to the APC.
He said that Mohammed was relieved of his position as the deputy publicity secretary of the party in November 2018 before he was suspended from the party in March 2019 by the National Working Committee (NWC).
According to Aiyenigba, “Currently as we speak, Mohammed is a member of the APC and even a strong member of one of the support groups of that party called the South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA).
“There is no way a man who is playing such a role in APC could be said to be an official of the SDP.
“It is true to his character for Mohammed who has not been part of any activities of the SDP in four years, that is, since early 2019 but has intermittently pushed fabricated lies to mislead and defraud the public.
“This is with the malicious intent to tarnish the reputation of targeted individuals in the SDP or in other parties under the irrational guise that he is a member of an SDP “faction” and no faction exists in SDP.
The SDP chieftain added that Mohammed has been formally reported to the Police in August 2022 for allegations of “impersonation, false pretenses, and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace”.
He added that “Mohammed is indeed under watch and investigation for criminal impersonation.
“While the Police continue with its investigation of the mischief by Mohammed, we call on all members of the SDP nationwide and the public to disregard the reckless publications of Mohammed.
“They are false and malevolent and above all, they are not in the interest of social justice or of our pursuit to combat poverty and insecurity in our country.”
Aiyenigba concluded that the SDP and its presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo are focused on winning the 2023 election and rescuing Nigeria.