Former governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, last night, emerged as presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the 2019 election.
Duke got a total of 812 votes in the keenly contested election to clinch the party’s ticket.
He was trailed behind by the former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Professor Jerry Gana,who scored a total of 612 votes.
The ex- Cross River State governor,who contested the party’s presidential primary among five other aspirants,was declared winner by the National Deputy Chairman of SDP and returning officer, Dr Ishaq Abdul, having secured the highest number of the party’s delegates votes during its national convention, yesterday.
Similarly, Mr John Dara, former Special Assistant to ex- Minister of Defence, General TY Danjuma, rtd, got 104 votes.
In the primary that had a total of 1726 delegates from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,Abuja, Benue State born scholar,Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, came third having secured 72 votes.
On his part,Delta State born pastor, Amb.Felix Osakwe got 10 votes to come behind.
Voting at the primary began at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.
Addressing party faithful before the commencement of the primary, National Chairman of the SDP,Chief Olu False, urged politicians to give priority to welfare of the masses and stop the disgraceful spread of political monetisation in our country.
The party’s National Deputy Chairman (North) and Chairman Electoral Committee, Dr Abdul Isiaq, who had read the election guidelines before voting commenced, said out of 1729 delegates, 1726 were accredited, while 3 were voided.
The primary election was witnessed by some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,led by Barrister Festors Okoye,INEC commissioner representing South East geopolitical zone.