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Friday, 14 December 2018

Court Sacks Donald Duke As SDP Presidential Flagbearer, Picks Jerry Gana


An FCT High Court in Maitama has declared, a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, the winner of the presidential primary election of the Social Democratic Party SDP 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 Duke polled 812 votes while Gana had 611.
However, Gana went to court seeking that it should declare him the winner in line with the zoning and rotation formula of the party’s constitution.
In his judgement, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf held that the regulations contained in the party’s constitution were binding on every member and must be obeyed.
He held that the zoning and rotation formula as contained in the party’s constitution stipulated that both the chairman of the party and the flag bearer should not come from the same zone.
The judge, therefore, declared Gana the winner of SDP presidential primary election conducted on October 6.
In addition, he ordered that Duke should stop parading himself as the party’s flag bearer for the elections.

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