The Social Democratic Party (SDP) said it will welcome Bola Tinubu and other politicians who may want to join the party before the general elections in 2023.
The Acting National Chairman of SDP, Chief Supo Shonibare, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Shonibare, however, noted that there will be no automatic ticket for any politician.
He said politicians who felt cheated in other political parties could come and join the SDP to pursue their political ambitions in 2023, but they must be ready to submit themselves to stringent conditions, including an integrity test.
He also clarified that the APC chieftain was not a registered member of the SDP.
“On the issue of Asiwaju Tinubu, the last time I checked, he is not a member of the SDP.
“I checked on the list because the membership list of our party as INEC has required, has already been submitted by our state chapters to us in Abuja.
“His name is not among those who are members of our party in Lagos State. That’s all I can say, he’s not a member of SDP.
“Yes, we will welcome anyone who feels cheated by other political parties but must be consistent with integrity.
“If he (Tinubu) comes, it won’t be automatic, what we would emphasize is consistency with integrity within the public officer.
“Also anyone who is controversial, rated low or with baggage, who doesn’t have integrity will not be allowed. SDP leadership does not want the party to be an opportunistic vehicle,” he said.
Shonibare maintained that the party would only give consideration to individuals cheated by his party but not to anyone in controversial circumstances.