An FCT High Court in Maitama has declared a former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana, the winner of the presidential primary election of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) conducted on October 6. The party had declared a former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, the winner of the election and its flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election.
However, Mr Gana went to court seeking to be declared the winner in line with the zoning and rotation formula of the party’s constitution.
In his judgment, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf held that the zoning and rotation formula as contained in the party’s constitution stipulated that both the chairman of the party and the flag bearer should not come from the same zone. The Judge held that in this instance, the party’s Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, and Duke are both from the South thereby nullifying the election result.
The judge, therefore, ordered SDP to forward Gana’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the party’s flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election.