Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gana vs Duke: SDP not in crisis – Abia Chairman, Nwosu insists

Hon. Chidi Nwosu, the Abia State chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, has denied that there was crisis at the national leadership of the party, over the litigations against the emergence of former Cross Rivers State Governor, Donald Duke, as presidential flagbearer bearer of the party.

DAILY POST had reports that a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Professor Jerry Gana, had asked the FCT High Court in the Maitama, to disqualify Donald Duke as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.

Gana asked the court to nullify the emergence of the former Cross River State Governor, on the grounds that the process that produced him violated the constitution of the party.

Duke polled 812 votes to defeat the former Minister, who scored 611 votes at the SDP National Convention in Abuja on October 7.

Nwosu, who spoke during a press conference with newsmen on Monday, in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, explained that the convention was the most transparent and acceptable modest convention any political party had held in the country.

He said the delegates were allowed to vote according to their consciences during the SDP convention, adding that the litigations will not affect the chances of the party in the upcoming 2019 election.

“Of course, that convention was the most acceptable modest convention any political had conducted in Nigeria over the last twenty years.

“Every party delegates were given chance to vote at the convention. I can confirm to you that there is no crisis in our party over the emergence of Duke as SDP presidential candidate.

“We are intact and poised to go into the 2019 election as a united people. And I’m very optimistic that we will emerge victorious in the forthcoming general elections.

“Because, APC and PDP have all failed to address the myriad of problems facing the country and the state”.

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