2019 presidency: Court sacks Donald Duke, declares Jerry Gana as SDP flag bearer

By Editor on 15/12/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,074

Gana and Duke
Gana and Duke

…Duke to appeal judgement

A Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court in Maitama on Friday 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 State, Mr Donald Duke, the winner of the election and its flag bearer for the 2019 General Elections.

The party said that Duke polled 812 votes while Gana had 611.

However, Gana went to court seeking that it would 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.

“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 election conducted on Oct. 6.

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.

Gana had joined SDP, its National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae; National Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam; Chairman, SDP Presidential Screening Panel/ Deputy National Chairman, South, Prof. Tunde Adeniran; Duke and INEC as defendants in the suit.

Gana sought a declaration that Duke was not eligible to stand as a candidate in the party’s presidential primaries held on Oct. 6, in Abuja.

He also sought a declaration of the court that he ought to have been declared the winner of the SDP presidential primary election, having polled the highest valid votes in the said election.

The former minister wanted an order of the court declaring him the validly elected flag bearer of the party for the 2019 General Elections.

Gana also sought a perpetual injunction restraining Duke from parading himself as the SDP presidential candidate for the elections, among other reliefs.

He had argued that under Article 15(3) of the SDP Constitution, the office of the national chairman of the party and the presidential candidacy shall rotate between the northern and southern parts of the country.

Duke told newsmen in Lagos that: “While we await a copy of the judgement for a detailed review, it is imperative we reiterate our constitutionally backed belief.

”Every Nigerian who meets the legal requirement is entitled to contest for the office of the President.”

“Any Law that seeks to curtail or subvert that right under any guise is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect.

“The delegates of our great party at its Convention in October, overwhelmingly elected me as their presidential Flag-bearer

“Any attempt to subvert their wishes through the instrumentality of the courts will be challenged.

“As a Law abiding citizen, I urge my supporters and members to remain calm as we are confident that the decision of the Court will be upturned on appeal.

“We are optimistic that the Appellate Court will reach a decision that reinforces the essential tenets of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

He said his optimism was in line with the wishes of members of the Social Democratic Party.

Posted 15/12/2018 07:08:34 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Aso Rock says Buhari to jet out to...

Buhari condoles with Ganduje over Kano emir’s death...

Melaye sends emotional thank you message to Nigerians...

Confusion as gunmen shoot five at Kogi fishing...

Osisioma pipeline explosion death toll hits 200

Senator Nnaji donates transformer, N2m to Enugu Timber...

Herdsmen to pay for grazing reserves – Osinbajo...

11 Cars Nigerian Police Officers See As Yahoo...

Applause for Ugwuanyi as APC chieftain, cleric hail...

Many injured, vehicles burnt as thugs attack PDP...

Nigeria’s economy sliding into depression – El-Rufai

Corruption responsible for hardship faced by Nigerians –Buhari...

 

Latest News Breaking: Lagos lawmaker Tunde Braimoh is dead 12 burnt to death in Bayelsa road accident 10,000 farmers get farm inputs support in Kaduna State Nigerian govt ends subsidy on petrol Fear grips Nsukka LG staff as Priiest discovers Charm in secretariat Buhari affirms Magu’s suspension, directs Mohammed Umar to take charge Nigeria develops test kit for COVID-19 Appointments: Femi Adesina clears air on Buhari’s alleged hatred for Igbo COVID-19: Veritas University orders students back to campus “EFCC came to my house by mistake,” says Abdulsalami Abubakar Wike sacks perm sec for flouting COVID-19 guidelines Osinbajo denies receiving N4bn from Magu

 

Most Read I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (37,794 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (26,040 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (17,456 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (17,186 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (16,338 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (16,331 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (15,913 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (15,238 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (14,233 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (14,052 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (13,444 views) France wins 2018 World Cup Final (12,801 views)

 

SECTIONS EDITORIAL (11) NEWS (2,943) POLITICS (447) SOCIETY (118) SPORTS (28) BUSINESS (307) HEALTH (41) EDUCATION (31) ENTERTAINMENT (18) INTERNATIONAL (67) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (1) OPINION (22)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands