The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has disqualified Khadija Okunnu-Lamidi as a presidential aspirant of party for the 2023 general elections.
The party however advised and encouraged Okunnu-Lamidi, to consider other positions like local government chairman, member of the state House of Assembly or the National Assembly.
Until her disqualification, Okunnu-Lamidi was among four aspirants competing to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 presidential elections.
A 2011 graduate, Okunnu-Lamidi, according to her party, was disqualified because she lacked the needed experience for such an exalted position, even as the party acknowledged her potential to hold cabinet office if the party wins the 2023 presidential elections.
“She exudes confidence, high communication skills, pleasant personality, charisma, and enthusiasm, but she is, however, limited by experience.
“She is not presidential material in Nigeria context. She is advised to go down to other positions. If the party wins the presidency, she has demonstrated potential to hold any cabinet office”, the party wrote in its recommendation.
Other aspirants screened were Prince Adewole Adebayo and Cesnabmihilo Dorathy.
The Presidential Screening Committee, chaired by Professor Tunde Adeniran, a former Minister of Education, had Femi Melefa as Secretary, and Senator Mohammed Alkali as Vice Chairman. Other members included Hajia Saadatu Abubakar, Ibrahim Modibbo, and Mohammed Ibrahim Biu among others.
The party’s presidential primary election is scheduled to hold tomorrow, June 8, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Apart from the two main parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the SDP is considered the third biggest party in the country.