Shortly after the Social Democratic Party’s endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, against the Party’s presidential candidate, Donald Duke, the former Cross River State governor has insists he remains the presidential candidate of the party.
Read his statement below:
“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).”
“This unfortunate saga is as a result of an aspirant who lost at the party primaries on Oct. 6, 2018, fair and square, does not query the conduct of the primaries but rather resorts to bigotry, querying my suitability to contest for the presidency on grounds that I come from “the wrong part of the country.” The Federal Court of Appeal has put this matter to rest. The office of president does not belong to any party and therefore not for a party to zone,”
— Donald Duke (@Donald_Duke) February 7, 2019
“For the SDP NEC to thereby endorse the APC or any other party, is rather unfortunate and betrays in my opinion, the desire of the vast majority of our party members and Nigerians credible alternatives to our nation’s leadership.”
“I need not say more, suffice that I remain on the ballot and thereby still present myself as a candidate for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”