A former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, yesterday, has been sacked by an FCT High Court in Abuja, as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The court which delivered the verdict yesterday, also declared a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, as the winner of the presidential primary election of the party conducted on October 6, 2018.
Gana had approached the court to challenge the decision of the party to declare Duke as winner of the party, urging it to declare him the winner in line with the zoning and rotation formula of the party’s constitution
In his judgement, Justice Husseini 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.
The judge therefore declared Duke’s 812 votes null and void and ordered the SDP to forward Gana’s name to 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. The party had said that Duke polled 812 votes while Gana had 611.