Donald Duke, former Governor of Cross River State and presidential aspirant under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has boasted that his position as SDP presidential aspirant will help the party emerge victorious at the 2019 presidential election.
Duke said this on Tuesday while speaking at the state party secretariat inauguration in Calabar.
He also explained his reason for leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under which ticket he served as Governor for eight years, saying it was “because the umbrella was breaking”.
“People have asked me why I left the PDP, and I always tell them that I left because the umbrella was breaking. The problem with the PDP was that it does automatic things automatically. With me as the presidential candidate of the SDP, we will drown other parties,” Duke said.
Describing himself as a nation builder, he said he was on a mission to rescue Nigerians from the present administration.
“The SDP as a party is on a rescue mission from the danger the country is into, because there is no positive hope for Nigerians,” he said.
“We have come to put the country in the right direction; therefore, SDP is prepared and committed to take hold of the country come 2019.
We have come to build, recover and restore our dear country from the bad leadership of the so-called APC and PDP ideologies.”
Also speaking at the inauguration, Eyo Ekpo, a governorship aspirant of the party and former Attorney-General of the state during Duke’s administration, promised to build a new Cross River State by revamping the “faulty situation” in the state if elected governor in 2019.
“This state has known and seen what good governance looked like in the past, and had been the jewel in the eyes of other states. We will restore and recover good governance once we take over the leadership of the state,” Ekpo said, urging supporters to use their vote to rescue the nation and the state in correcting the mistakes of the PDP and APC.