An Abuja High Court has nullified the SDP Presidential primaries that declared Donald Duke as their Candidate for the 2019 general elections.
In the judgement that lasted for about 45 minutes, the presiding judge gave in detail the provisions of the various laws and Constitution of Nigeria.
The SDP Presidential election committee qualified Donald Duke for their primaries against the newly adopted Constitution of the party. The new constitution that was adopted in May 2018 stated that the principles of zoning of the Presidency between the North and South should apply, hence, the party zoned their Presidential ticket to the North.
Prof. Jerry Gana scored the second highest votes in the primaries took the case to court after failed attempts and response by the party.
While the ruling by judge touched on various aspects of the law, Donald Duke has been disqualified from contesting for the Presidential primaries of the Social Democratic Party in the first place.
The party has been given the option by the court to either declare Prof Jerry Gana as their standard flagbearer, conduct fresh elections and move to sponsor the true winner of the primaries for the 2019 Presidential elections in February 2019.
The judge asked that former of Cross Rivers State Donald Duke should stop parading himself as the Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The judge, therefore declared Jerry Gana as the winner of the SDP Presidential primaries having scored the highest valid votes of 611.