A former governor of Cross Rivers State, Donald Duke, is not backing out of the presidential race.

He has said he is still in the presidential race and on the ballot for the 2019 elections.

The National Executive Committee of the Social Democrats Party had on Thursday met in Abuja and endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress as its party candidate.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Donald Duke said the SDP’s endorsement is rather unfortunate and betrays the desire of majority of party members.

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He blamed the crisis on an aspirant who lost at the primaries and queried his suitability to contest for the presidency on grounds that he (Duke) came from “the wrong part of the country.”

He said, “This afternoon, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Social Democrats Party (SDP) came up with a decision to endorse the APC and its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the February 16th Presidential election. This decision has arisen according to the party, as a result of protracted legal squabbles within the party which has made the party unable to commence a decent campaign.

“Regardless and for the avoidance of doubt, I Donald Duke, remain on the ballot and the candidate of the SDP as recognized by the Independent National  Electoral Commission (INEC)."

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