INEC has finally revealed why they removed Donald Duke and Jerry Gana’s names, from the 2019 final presidential list released days ago.
INEC who omitted names of the presidential candidates of SDP, said it was in line with a court judgement which ordered the Commission not to recognise Duke as the party’s candidate in the general elections.
INEC’s National Commissioner of Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said:
“The name of Donald Duke was forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the candidate of the SDP for the presidential election.
“Thereafter, the Independent National Electoral Commission received a court order to the effect that all the votes that were scored by Donald Duke during the SDP primaries were wasted votes, and that the candidate of the SDP in the presidential election should be Professor Jerry Gana.
“The court went further to direct that it is the political party itself, the SDP, that should submit the name of Jerry Gana to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“As at the time we published the list yesterday, the SDP has not forwarded the name of Jerry Gana as the presidential candidate of the party.
“So, we are waiting for the party to submit the name of Jerry Gana … that is why we removed the name of Donald Duke from the list that has been published.”