- SDP has adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as the consensus candidate ahead of the presidential election
- The adoption not portend merger with the ruling party
- INEC is conducting presidential election on Saturday, February 16
The Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Thursday, February 7, adopted the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, as its consensus candidate ahead of February 16 presidential poll.
Daily Sun reports that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, however, explained that the adoption did not portend merger with the APC.
Legit.ng gathered that this is even as the NEC suspended its national publicity secretary, Alfa Muhammad, for indulging in anti-party activities.
Recall that INEC released a final presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives lists of candidates with the names of Donald Duke and Professor Jerry Gana, both contending presidential candidates of the Social Democratic Party, missing. The column of SDP was left blank, with remarks “court order’’ and “party yet to submit name of candidate".
Duke had emerged SDP candidate at the presidential primaries held on October 7, 2018. Gana, a former minister of information, who contested the ticket with Duke, instituted a case against the result at the Federal High Court in Abuja. On December 14, the court presided over by Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf delivered judgment in favour of Gana, declaring him as the right SDP candidate and directed the party to forward his name to INEC.
However, a Court of Appeal on Thursday, January 24, declared Duke as the presidential candidate of the SDP.
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 (FCT) which had declared Jerry Gana the candidate of the party and unanimously declared Duke as the presidential candidate of the SDP.
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