- Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River state, has reacted to the judgement of the appeal court in Abuja that declared him as the presidential candidate of the SDP
- Duke said what happened at the lower court could be described as a political judgement while the appeal court's decision is the interpretation of the law
- The former Cross River governor, however, urged aggrieved members of the party to work for their victory at the general elections
Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River state, has expressed satisfaction over the judgement of the appeal court in Abuja that declared him as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Duke, who made this known while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Friday, January 25, described the judgement as an interpretation of law.
He said: “What happened at the lower court could be described as a political judgement. What happened at the Appeal Court was the interpretation of the law.”
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The appeal court on Thursday, January 24, ruled in his favour by overturning the ruling of the FCT court that disqualified him as the party’s presidential candidate.
The former Cross River governor, however, appealed to aggrieved members of the party to sheathe their swords and work for their victory at the general elections.
He said: “You cannot get a 100 per cent support. It’s left for me to show leadership, to bring them onboard and reach out to Professor Gana and appeal to him so that we can come together and see a larger picture which is our party and the nation.
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“I am doing that. I did that on October 7 and I am doing it again. Leadership is conciliatory and working together, building bridges. He may be hurt, but it gets to a point where pursuing interests works contrary to the larger interests.
“And I think we have gotten to that point. We have 23 days to the elections. There is hardly enough time to sell our views to the nation.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a Court of Appeal on Thursday, January 24, declared former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, as the presidential candidate of the SDP in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
A three-man panel, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, set aside the December 14, 2018 judgement of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory which had declared Jerry Gana the candidate of the party and unanimously declared Duke as the presidential candidate of the SDP. The court has also ordered Jerry Gana to pay Duke the sum of N500,000.
In a related development, Jerry Gana presidential campaign team decried an alleged bias by the leadership of the SDP against its principal in favour of former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke.
The director-general of the team, Ike Neliaku, frowned at the party’s refusal to submit Gana’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission as its presidential candidate as directed by a Federal High Court.
He specifically blamed the SDP national chairman, Chief Olu Falae, and the national secretary, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, for Gana’s travails. According to him, both leaders are acting a script other than the interest of the party, which they have manipulated thus far.
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