Gana seeks dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Duke as SDP can­di­date

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Olu­dare Richards, Abuja

Apres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant of the So­cial Demo­cratic Party (SDP), Prof. Jerry Gana, and the Mid­dle Belt Fo­rum (MBF) have kicked against the emer­gence of Don­ald Duke as the can­di­date of the party in the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Gana and MBF al­leged that the process through which Duke emerged the party’s flag­bearer vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tion of the SDP.

On Oc­to­ber 7, 2018, the for­mer Gov­er­nor of Cross River state polled 812 votes to beat Gana, who polled 611 votes dur­ing SDP’S na­tional con­ven­tion held at the Old Pa­rade Ground in Abuja.

Gana, un­sat­is­fied with the re­sults from the con­ven­tion, has ap­proached a High Court of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) to seek the nul­li­fi­ca­tion of Duke’s emer­gence as the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

How­ever, due to the in­dis­po­si­tion of the pre­sid­ing judge, Jus­tice Hus­seini Baba Yusuf, the mat­ter which was slated for men­tion­ing yes­ter­day was stalled.

The court will re­sume sit­ting on Novem­ber 13 to hear the mat­ter.

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