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Court Drops Donald Duke, Makes Jerry Gana SDP’s Flagbearer

A Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked former Cross Rivers State Governor, Donald Duke as the Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

In delivering judgment, the judge pronounced Prof Jerry Gana as the winner of the October 6th Presidential primaries and declared him winner and Candidate of the Party.

Duke had reportedly defeated Gana in a primary election held in October with the former ambassador heading to court for the reinstatement of his victory, and the eventual sacking of Duke as the party’s presidential flagbearer.

This occurs barely 24 hours after Duke has cleared the air over a rumour that his running mate has resigned saying his running mate is still Shehu Gabam.

Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, stepped down as the Deputy National Chairman of the SDP but was erroneously reported as Duke’s running mate.

Junaid, who is one of the fiercest critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, told reporters that he decided to step down because of the “many hassles of the SDP.”

He said he had written letters to the Chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae; and Duke but insists he is still a member of the party.

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