SDP Crisis: Jerry Gana Approaches Supreme Court
The Prof. Jerry Gana Presidential Campaign Team says its candidate will appeal the court judgment that recognised former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate.
The Director-General of the campaign Team, Ike Neliaku, at a press conference on Friday in Abuja described the judgment as unacceptable and a miscarriage of justice.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, in an unanimous decision of the panel, on Thursday recognised Duke as the party’s presidential candidate.
The three-man panel of the appellate court in a judgment delivered by Justice Abdul Aboki on the appeal filed by Duke reversed the earlier judgment of an Abuja High Court which upheld Gana as the party’s candidate.
Neliaku, who said that the team’s confidence in God and the avowed integrity of the judiciary remained intact, however, raised some concerns about the judgment.
The concern according to him include the role played by the party’s National Chairman, Olu Falae, and what he termed as “obviously unfair and skewed composition of the Appeal Court panel.’’
He said that while the Chairman had earlier expressed optimism that the judgment was going to be in favour of Duke, he also alleged that two of the panel Justices came from “the home states of either Duke or his running mate.’’
Neliaku, however, congratulated Duke for his victory at the appeal Court and also advised him to commence his campaign.
Duke had emerged SDP candidate at the presidential primaries held on October 7, 2018 but Gana,who contested the ticket with Duke, instituted a case against the result at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
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