Erstwhile Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, beat former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana to emerge the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2019 general elections.
Duke polled 812 votes to defeat his close rival Gana who polled 611 votes at the party’s national convention held at Old Parade Ground, Abuja.
Dr Abdul Isiaq, the convention returning officer, declared the results of the presidential primary election in the early hours of Sunday, October 7.
Other aspirants such as John Dara, former Special Assistant to former Defence Minister, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma, scored 104 votes, while Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher polled 72 votes, and Felix Osakwe scored 10 votes, with 63 being the number of invalid votes.
Duke, in his acceptance speech, described his emergence as collective victory for all aspirants that participated in the contest, as well as for the party and the nation.
He said the primary was just a step in the contest, saying he will go through the nation to campaign and sell the party and its policies to citizens.
Duke 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.”