The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the directives of the court has released fresh nomination forms to Prof. Jerry Gana, who was declared the presidential candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Gana has confirmed receiving the forms while the party also confirmed receiving the court’s judgement which overturned the candidacy of ex-governor Donald Duke.
Gana who was at the party’s secretariat, urged the leadership to complete his nomination process in line with the court order.
“Arising from the court ruling, the INEC has been directed that you ensure that the processes of my nomination are put in place.Therefore, they (INEC) have given us the forms, we have completed them, and the forms are supposed to be directed back toINEC through you.”
“I like to take this opportunity to say that by the grace of God the candidate of your party will be the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.
Dr Abdul Ishaq, The party’s Deputy National Chairman received Gana who paid a courtesy visit to the party national secretariat on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja had last Friday declared Gana as the rightful Candidate of SDP in the 2019 election.
The party had earlier declared former Governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, as its flag bearer for the 2019 General Elections.
The party declared Duke as winner of its primary election; that he polled 812 votes while Gana had 611.
However, Gana went to court seeking that it should declare him the winner in line with the zoning and rotation formula of theparty’s constitution.
In his judgement, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf held that the regulations contained in the party’s constitution were binding on every member and must be obeyed.
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.Ishaq said that the party would comply with the court directive.
As a party, we have received the judgment from the High Court;
“This party like you know is a very disciplined party and you will not find impunity in the process of our party. By so doing whatever the court say is what the party will comply with.”
The deputy national chairman said that theparty would do the needful on Gana’s request to approve his policy document to enable him to launch his campaign.
Gana, who presented his nomination formsto the party, urged the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to endorse his policy document to enable him to commence his nationwide campaign rallies.
“We like to appeal to the party’s leadership to facilitate the processes of our reaching out to the nation because we have lost some times. We are ready to go into campaign.’’
Gana said that details of his five-point agenda coded “SWIFT’’ would be made public once endorsed by the party leadership.
“We want to present to Nigeria a programme of development that will change the situation of ordinary people of Nigeria regarding the serious issue of security and biting poverty.’’
“We believe in solidarity and in working together so, there will be tremendous reconciliation and accommodation so that we can move together because we want the SDP to win and by the grace of God wewill win,” he said.
Asked if he was considering picking Duke as his running mate, Gana said it was a matter for the party leadership to approve.
“I will make proposal to them and they will approve and announce to the nation,” he said.