- A group known as G-19 in the SDP has kicked against the declaration of Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, as its presidential candidate
- The group said the move is against the party's earlier agreement to give the ticket to a northerner
- It, therefore, urged the party to make Jerry Gana, an aspirant in the SDP, its flag bearer for 2019
There is serious tension and unrest threatening the chances of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) ahead of 2019 following the demand by a group known as the G-19 for the disqualification of the party’s candidate, Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, from participating in the presidential race on the platform of the party, Vanguard reports.
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The group in a press conference on Tuesday, October 9, remarked that by settling for Duke, the party was moving contrary to its initial resolve that the presidential ticket should be reserved for a northerner.
Consequently, it called for the declaration of Professor Jerry Gana, who came second after the governor in the primary as the validly elected candidate of the party for the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the 2019 general election, the SDP, on Tuesday, September 3, said that its presidential ticket was open to all eligible Nigerians.
The deputy national chairman of the SDP, Abdul Isiaq, said the party will not zone its presidential ticket to any region as widely practiced in other political parties.
Isiaq said the ticket could go to capable person from any part of the country as the SDP was a party with committed members and driving force.
He said: "The party gives Nigerians the constitutional right to test their popularity. People make mistake thinking that the decision of the party in power will affect every other political party.
“SDP is an open-door party. It is about mobilisation and canvases. Whoever the party chooses as candidate, so shall it be."
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