Monday, Jan 2021

A high court sitting in Abuja on Friday sacked Donald Duke as the presidential candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Consequently, the presiding judge Hussein Baba-Yusuf declared Jerry Gana, a former minister of information, as the winner of presidential primary poll of the party

The party had announced that Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, won the October 6 primary election with 812 votes while Gana polled 611 votes.

But the former minister challenged the result and asked the court to declare him winner of the poll in line with the zoning formula that is enshrined in the party's constitution.

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

At the court on Friday, Baba-Yusuf, said the regulations contained in the party’s constitution were binding on every member and must be obeyed.

Baba-Yusuf said Gana presented enough evidence to swing verdict in his favour.

The judge averred that “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.”

Thereafter, the judge declared Gana the winner of SDP presidential primary election and ordered Duke to stop parading himself as the party’s flagbearer.

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