Gana reacts to ruling on Duke

The camp of Prof. Jerry Gana has expressed its disappointment at the Supreme Court’s judgment that declared Donal Duke, the authentic presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party SDP.

Reacting to the court ruling, the Director-General of Gana’s Presidential Campaign Team in a statement on Sunday titled “Before the Curtain Draws” said the apex court was not supreme because it was infallible but only because it was the final court in the country.

The statement released on Sunday reads thus, “As disappointed as we may all feel, it is important to remind ourselves of the saying that the Supreme Court is not supreme because it is infallible but only because it is the final court of the land.

“It is only time that will reveal the grave consequences and implications of that judgment.

“We wish to most sincerely acknowledge the support, solidarity, goodwill and faithfulness demonstrated by numerous party members, friends and associates across the nation, for standing with us throughout this journey. It is deeply encouraging to find many men and women committed to the ideals of integrity in politics and governance.

“We salute the courage and bravery of these distinguished compatriots. We will continue to invest in these virtues, insisting that, contrary to the majority opinion of today’s men, the end does not necessarily, and must not, justify the means.

“By God’s grace, within this period, we have grown and bonded into one big and formidable political family, with structures across the country. We shall continue to march on and flourish, under the leadership of Prof Jerry Gana, CON.

“Together, we will continue to resolutely uphold our collective principles and vision for the emergence of a new and credible political order in Nigeria. The beginning may have been tough, but with tenacity of heart and sincerity of purpose, victory is assured.

“We are grateful to God for giving us the strength, grace and courage to have come this far. As in the proverbial saying, ‘weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.’

“We hope to soon convene a consultative meeting to jointly review and decide our collective future.”

The five-man members of the Supreme Court that delivered the judgement also awarded N3 million in favour of Duke.

Duke approached the Appeal Court after an FCT High Court disqualified him as the party’s flag bearer.

Prof. Jerry Gana had contended the victory of Duke in the the party’s primary election held on October 2018.

Duke lost the case at the lower court but won at the Court of Appeal. He also lost the presidential contest.