The Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke has said he will appeal the judgment removing him as the party’s presidential flag bearer.
This is the sequel to the verdict of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday which declared Jerry Gana, a former Nigerian Minister of Information, as the presidential candidate of the SDP.
Duke had been declared as the presidential candidate of the party after the primary election held in October 2018 in which Gana was also an aspirant.
However, Gana instituted a case against the result in court, basing his case on the zoning and rotation formula of the party.
Duke was speaking to the media in Lagos where he said, “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 l aw 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.”