Breaking News; Court Sacks Donal Duke As SDP Presidential Candidate
The Social Democratic Party (SDP), had declared a former Governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, as the winner of the election primaries and its flag bearer for the 2019 General Elections on October 6th.However, few hours ago, an FCT High Court in Maitama Abuja, declared, a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, as the winner of the presidential primary election of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The party said that Duke polled 812 votes, while Gana had 611 in the primaries, but Gana went to court seeking to be declared 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.
“In this instance, the party’s Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, is from the South and Duke is from the South too; the law is clear; there is nothing to write in-between. The law has crystallised that political parties should abide by the regulations which they have made by themselves. The claimant laid sufficient evidence to have the judgment in his favour; it is a clear violation of the party’s constitution; the court cannot wave right over illegality,” he held.
The judge, therefore, declared Gana the winner of SDP presidential primary elections, he also declared Duke’s 812 votes null and void, and ordered SDP to forward Gana’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election.
In addition, he ordered that Duke should stop parading himself as the party’s flag bearer for the elections.
More details later….