Court Declares Donald Duke SDP Presidential Candidate



A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has declared Donald Duke, a former Governor of Cross River State, as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The court also set aside an earlier judgment by the Federal High Court that declared Jerry Gana, a former Minister of Information, as the SDP presidential candidate.

Ruling in Abuja on Thursday, the three-man panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki, noted that Gana’s position based on Section 18 of the party’s amended constitution, contravenes the electoral act’s stipulation for a candidate’s validity in any election.

The amendment to the party’s constitution, according to the panel, did not come into effect until October 8, 2018, and that was a few days after Duke had been elected as the party’s presidential candidate.

The court also awarded the sum of N500,000 against Gana. 

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