SDP youth gives party 24 hours to present Jerry Gana as presidential candidate

SDP youth gives party 24 hours to present Jerry Gana as presidential candidate

- The Social Democratic Party youth has appealed to the leadership of the party to send the name of Jerry Gana to INEC as its presidential candidate

- The national youth leader, Nwanka Stanley, made this appeal at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, January 23

- Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, and Gana had been in a tussle over the SDP presidential candidature

The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has given an ultimatum of 24 hours within which the party should send the name of a former minister of information, Jerry Gana, to the INEC as the presidential candidate of the party.

Premium Times reports that the national youth leader, Nwanka Stanley, made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, January 23.

Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, and Gana had been in a tussle over the SDP presidential candidature. A court had ruled recently in Gana's favour.

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Duke won the primary but a court ruled that he should not have contested, citing the stipulation of a zoning arrangement in the constitution of the party.

Stanley said: “The Delta state chairman, who parades himself as the chairman of chairmen, with his cohort Dogara, having lost the followership of his co-chairmen and should henceforth desist from fomenting further troubles for the party.

''They should go and man their various states and ensure they deliver the Party in the fought coming general elections.''

The youth leader said SDP remains the credible alternative for Nigerians and should be seen doing the right thing. He called on the members to rise up and join hands with the youth to rescue the party.

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He said if nothing was done before the ultimatum expires they would take an “alternative” which he refused to disclose. After the briefing, the youth leaders marched to the national secretariat of the party to protest.

The youth wing of the SDP gave an ultimatum of 24 hours within which the party should send the name of Jerry Gana, a former senator to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the presidential candidate of the party.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a high court sitting in FCT in Maitama said a former minister of information, Jerry Gana, the winner of the presidential primary election of the Social Democratic Party conducted on October 6.

The party had declared a former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, the winner of the election and its flag bearer for the 2019 general elections.

The party said that Duke polled 812 votes while Gana had 611. However, Gana went to court seeking that it would declare him the winner in line with the zoning and rotation formula of the party’s constitution.

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