Duke to Appeal Judgment Removing Him as SDP Presidential Candidate

A former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, has rejected the court judgement nullifying his emergence as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Mr Duke insisted that he won the party’s primary election fairly and would fight to uphold that mandate.

He described the judgement of the FCT High Court which removed him as the party’s candidate as “a microcosm of one of the biggest problems we have in Nigeria today”, adding that he contested in the primary not on the basis of his tribal or religious affiliations, but on the basis of his ability.

Consequently, he vowed to appeal the judgement of the court and was confident that he would reclaim his mandate

“Our legal team shall appeal the ruling and I am confident that we will be victorious,” he said.

On Friday, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf nullified the candidacy of Duke and declared a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, as the winner of the SDP presidential primary held in October.

Professor Gana had gone to the court in November, seeking to be declared the winner of the primary, in line with the zoning formula of the party after the SDP announced Duke as the winner in the October primary.

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