2019: Court sacks Duke, declares Jerry Gana presidential candidate of SDP

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A high court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has declared a former minister of information, Professor Jerry Gana, as the winner of presidential primaries of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.

After the election held on October 6, the party had announced that a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, won Gana by polling 812 to 611 votes.

But the former minister challenged the result and asked the court to declare him winner of the poll in line with the party’s zoning formula.

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

Delivering his verdict on Friday, the judge handling the matter, Hussein 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 have judgement in his favour.

“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,” the judge ruled.

Thereafter, the presiding 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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