Kunle Job….A former Governor of Cross River State of Nigeria, Donald Duke, has emerged as the flag-bearer of the Social Democratic Party SDP in the 2019 presidential election.
He emerged the winner at his Party’s National Convention held at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja in the early hours of Sunday by polling 812 votes to defeat his closest rival. Professor Jerry Gana, a former Information Minister.
Mr. John Dara scored 104 vote while Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, a former Ambassador and Minister polled 72 votes. Mr Felix Osakwe, a former Ambassador scored 10 votes while 63 votes were declared invalid.
In his acceptance speech, Duke described his emergence as collective victory for all the aspirants, the party and the nation. As the primary was just a step on his journey of economic, social and developmental salvation, he says he will go through the nation to campaign and sell the party and its policies to the citizens, calling for the support of all the aspirants, the party officials and all Nigerians to win the 2019 election.
“Nigeria is not a divided nation but a country of common purpose. What divides us is inadequacy and want, in the face of ‘Survival of the fittest,’ which ought not be so because there is more than enough for everyone” Duke added.
“If Nigerians are productive and abide by the rules and regulations, the nation would grow from strength to strength. This is what good governance is all about and this is what I stand for.” he said.
Also a message of gratitude posted by Donald Duke on his Campaign Organisation page on Facebook reads;
I specially want to say a big thank you to everyone here for your prayers and support throughout the period, beginning from when i indicated interest in aspiring for the highest public office in our great country Nigeria.
The journey has not been easy but I would say it was worth it, the victory recorded at our national congress where I emerged the party’s candidate to fly the flag for the presidency is a victory to us all both members of our party SDP and those who are yet members.
To those who are yet members of the SDP, I strongly want to urge you to get registered at your various wards where you vote during elections, the essence of this identification is to promote the base of the party and also get committed and make your contributions to the development of the party as politics is local and not online.
We need to get every house involved. We need to start now to evangelize about the Donald Duke 2019 project. There is a whole lot of work to be done as we need both your family and friends and as a matter of fact we also need your enemies too.
The quest to redeem our nation from the shackles of bad leadership and position her on the map of one of the developed nations is long overdue but achievable and that is my commitment to our nation.
I look forward to your kind support as the task ahead is enormous.
Thank you and God bless