Donald Duke
Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State Donald Duke has emerged the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2019 general elections.

Duke polled 812 votes to defeat his close rival, former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, who polled 611 votes at the party’s National Convention.

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Speaking on Sunday, the Convention Returning Officer, Dr Abdul Isiaq, said John Dara, former Special Assistant to Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma, former Defence Minister, scored 104 votes.

He also announced that former Ambassador and former Minister, Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher polled 72 votes; former Ambassador, Felix Osakwe scored 10 votes, while the number of invalid votes was 63.

During his acceptance speech, Duke said that primary was just a step in the contest, saying he will go through the nation to campaign and sell the party and it’s policies to citizens.

He also called for the support of all aspirants, the party officials and Nigerians to win 2019 general election, saying “we will reawaken in Nigerians that yearning that we are destined to be, but we cannot do this alone.”