Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi's November 11, 2019 communiqué reverses earlier claims the party will boycott the ongoing November session of Parliament and the upcoming twin elections.
Fru Ndi, who doubles as Chairman of the National Investiture Committee of the SDF, went on to invest all incumbent candidates of the party on grounds of the " exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves."
"I hereby grant investiture with a right to revision, to all the existing members of the National Assembly and instruct them to compile their candidature files accordingly," said Fru Ndi.
The SDF founding leader adds: "I hereby also direct that all existing and duly invested mayors, deputy mayors and municipal councillors should as well compile their candidature files."
All regional chairpersons of the party have been charged with the strict implementation of the order in collaboration with district chairpersons.
While the incumbents have the liberty to renounce their investitures, other members of the party have also been advised to compile their files in line with the relevant provisions of the electoral code.
The exercise will be conducted nationwide by a coordination team headed by Hon. Joshua Osih along with Senator Tsomelu Jean, Mayor Kumase John and Grace Ngwafor.
Each of the 10 regions also has an official appointed to oversee the exercise and submit their reports by November 21 at the latest.
"Any difficulties in obtaining proper documentation due to the civil war going on in the North West and South West Regions should be reported to your regional executives for onward transmission to the coordination," writes Fru Ndi.
"...the situation has evolved so too is the position of my political party," Denis Nkemlemo, SDF Secretary for Communication is quoted as saying in the wake of the unexpected turn around.
"...the SDF has been privy that government is to deposit some important bills at the National Assembly that are to the interest of the people. Thus we have to be there to deliberate," he clarifies.