Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Eyo Ekpo react to High court ruling on Duke, says ruling not constitutional

Ukorebi Esien | 15 December 2018


The Social Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate in Cross River State, Barr Eyo Ekpo has on Friday reacted through a press statement to the court decision over the presidential candidacy of Mr. Donald, describing the decision as alien to the SDP's constitution. 


Barr Ekpo who said the decision of the court to nullify Donald Duke's election as the presidential candidate of the SDP was a wrong decision taken out of conformity with a simple interpretation of Article 15(3) of the party's constitution, assured party faithfuls in the state that Mr. Donald Duke will be restored to his rightful place as the Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party.


He also encouraged members of the party to stay calm and continue to work hard for the success of all candidates in the party, at the coming polls, including Governor Duke, while informing that the leadership of the party and Mr. Duke have decided to immediately file in an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja and pursue the matter to its logical conclusion. 


The press statement which was made available to TDN reads in full: 



Friday 14th December 2018 

PRESS RELEASE

A STATEMENT ON THE NULLIFIED ELECTION OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD DUKE


Dear friends and colleagues, many of you would have heard about the decision of a High Court in Abuja that nullified the election of our Presidential candidate, Donald Duke, and ordered our Party, the  Social Democratic Party (SDP), to forward the name of Professor Jerry  Gana to INEC instead of Donald Duke. Indeed such a decision was given today in Abuja.

Anyone who has a copy of our Party Constitution will immediately know that this decision is highly questionable and does not conform with a simple interpretation of Article 15(3). 
This decision of the Abuja High Court amounts to reading what was never written, into our Constitution. This is why both the Party leadership and Governor Duke have decided that an appeal be filed immediately at the Court of Appeal, Abuja and pursued to its logical conclusion. 

Therefore, all Party members must stay calm and continue to work hard for the success of all our Party candidates, including Governor Duke, at the coming polls. There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that this High Court decision is wrong and our only Presidential candidate, our dearly beloved Governor Donald Duke, will be restored to his rightful place as the Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party. Our victory is assured. 

SDP!!! Progress!!! Progress!!! SDP!!!


Eyo O. Ekpo
Gubernatorial Candidate
Social Democratic Party (SDP)
Cross River State

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