I am still on the ballot - Donald Duke insists as SDP adopts Buhari

I am still on the ballot - Donald Duke insists as SDP adopts Buhari

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, has insisted that his name is still on the ballot despite his party’s recent adoption of President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate.

The SDP has adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its consensus candidate for the February 16 presidential election.

The party said it decided to endorse President Buhari due to its inability to conduct ‘a decent campaign’ as a result of the protracted legal battles between Duke and his contender, Professor Jerry Gana, over the presidential candidacy.

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The party made the decision during its national executive council meeting in Abuja.

SDP NEC, however, explained that the adoption does not herald a merger with the APC.

Prior to the development, Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River, was the presidential flagbearer of the SDP.

Duke was declared the presidential candidate of the party in January following a ruling by the court of appeal in Abuja which set aside the judgment of an Abuja high court declaring Gana, the former information minister, as the party’s presidential flagbearer.

Duke left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2018 to pursue his presidential ambitions on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

However, despite the party’s move, Duke insisted he is still the presidential candidate of the SDP and recognised by INEC.

He said: “Regardless and for the avoidance of doubt, I Donald Duke, remain on the ballot and candidate of the SDP as recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

Read his statement in the tweet below:

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In a similar development, hours after the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Oby Ezekwesili withdrew from the 2019 race, the party also withdrew its support for her and declared its support for President Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) is withdrawing support for her presidential| aspiration and endorsing the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari to take Nigeria to the next level,” the party said in a statement on Thursday, January, 24.

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