Court affirms Donald Duke as SDP presidential candidate

The court of appeal in Abuja has given judgement in favour of former governor of Rivers state, Donald Duke affirming him as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Duke had been declared as the presidential candidate of the party after the primary election held on October 6, 2018, in which Mr Gana was also an aspirant.

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However, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja had on December 14, 2018, sacked former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, as SDP flag bearer declaring Mr Gana as the rightful candidate of the party in the 2019 election on grounds that the party’s Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, is from the South and Duke is from the South too; which is contrary to the party’s constitution.

The appellants; Donald Duke, SDP, its national chairman, Chief Olu Falae; the National Secretary, Shehu Gabam; the Chairman of the party’s Presidential Screening Panel/Deputy National Chairman South of the party, Tunde Adeniran, had approached the appellate court seeking an order to vacate the judgment of the lower court.

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