2019: Duke Urges Politicians To Focus On Issues, Not Personalities

Mr Donald Duke, the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has called on politicians and political parties to focus on issues, not on personalities, as the 2019 general elections draw closer.

Duke, a former governor of Cross River (1999-2007) made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Calabar.

He decried the growing trend by some politicians who, instead of exploring solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, spend valuable time heating up the polity by planting stories that are divisive.

According to him, such act leads to a trail of extreme ethnic and religious prejudices, bitterness, animosity and fear.

Duke said that Nigeria needs solutions to the many issues that have affected the growth of the nation.

He listed some of the challenges facing the country as power failure, stunted growth of the oil and gas industry, infrastructure breakdown and the inconsistency in the educational system.

“This is not how to play politics. We must reject such politicians as they do not have much to offer Nigeria at this critical time.

“The real issues are there for all to see. There is hunger in the midst of plenty, unemployment abounds, insecurity everywhere, our health institutions are all gone, and life expectancy has dropped drastically.

“We have failed to manage the enormous resources that God has so graciously blessed us with. That is the real problem,’’ Duke said.

He said that Nigerians were not asking for much by demanding for a living wage, functional schools, health facilities and good roads.

The presidential hopeful described Nigerians as some of the most hard working people on earth who deserve to enjoy the basic social infrastructure that can enhance their lives.

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2019: Duke, Ezekwesili, Sowore Urged To Join Atiku To Defeat Buhari

Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, former Minister of Education and presidential candidate under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, who is also a presidential candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has been urged to join forces with the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to defeat the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

An elder statesman and one of the leaders of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political organization, Chief Femi Okurounmu, stated this in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

According to him, “Duke, Ezekwesili and others are just attention seekers. They should forget 2019. They are going nowhere. They should not waste their time.”

“My advice to Duke, Ezekwesili and others is that they should not waste votes. They should all come together and join Atiku to defeat Buhari. If Duke and Ezekwesili insist on contesting the presidential elections, they will be helping Buhari because the votes from their supporters which they should have asked them to give Atiku will be wasted.

“Duke and Ezekwesili should join hands with PDP to defeat Buhari and APC. The idea of a coalition being mooted by some political parties is a good one. They should all come together to chase out Buhari from office. None of these smaller political parties including ADC can defeat Buhari and APC on their own,” he added.

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2019: Donald Duke Emerges SDP Presidential Candidate

Former governor of Cross River Mr, Donald Duke has emerged the presidential flag bearer of the social Democratic Party SDP for the 2019 general election.

Mr, Duke polled 812 votes to defeat his closest rival, former Minister of Information and National Orientation , Professor Jerry Gana, who got 612.

Announcing the the results, the chief returning officer of the election, Dr. Abdul Isiaq said 5
presidential aspirants contested and about two thousand delegates participated.

The National Chairman of the party, chief Olu Falae said the party would leave no stone upturned to ensure victory in 2019.

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Donald Duke Picks SDP Presidential Form

A former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has picked the N1m Expression of Interest form of the Social Democratic Party in order to contest for the Presidency on the platform of the SDP.

Duke revealed this when he visited the national secretariat of the SDP in Abuja on Tuesday.

The former governor, while addressing journalists, said he was a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party for 20 years but decided to leave after the party lost focus.

Duke also questioned the decision of the PDP to zone the Presidency to the North.

He said, “I was a member of the PDP but over the years we saw the fortunes and the values of the party dwindle. When a former President walks out of his party, you know there is something. Over the years, you will see that it lost its values and became a shadow of itself.

“That the PDP is zoning today is actually a betrayal of those ideals it started off with because it was a national organisation. Today, in some parts of the country, it is hardly in existence.”

The former governor lamented the high rate of poverty and unemployment.

Duke said the rising population also posed a security threat if not probably checked.

The former governor also berated the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government for failing to improve the lives of Nigerians

Also speaking, the Deputy National Chairman of the SDP, Abdulahmed Isiaq, said the SDP would not zone any elective offices.

Isiaq added that the party believed in providing a level playing field for all.

 

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Former Governors Are The Problem Of Nigerian Senate – Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has charged at former Nigerian Governors, saying the Nigerian Senate may not be peaceful until they stop becoming lawmakers after leading their states.

“The Senate won’t find peace until former governors stop making it a retirement home,” Duke tweeted.

There are about 20 former state governors in the Senate, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, who was a two-term governor of Kwara State.

Until his resignation on Tuesday, Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State was the minority leader.

Other former governors in the Senate include Adamu Abdullahi, who leads a pro-Buhari caucus, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Jonah Jang, George Akume, Joshua Dariye, who was recently convicted of corruption, and Aliyu Wamakko.

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‘We’re Not Here To Help Anybody’, Says Donald Duke, Oyinlola As They Unveil Coalition Of Nigeria In Abuja

Former Governors of Cross River and Osun States, Mr Doanld Duke, and Mr Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Wednesday, unveiled the Coalition of Nigeria group, in Abuja.

The platform was proposed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Duke, in his words noted that the newly-formed political movement will not benefit President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, as been speculated by some people in the media.

His words: “We’re not here to help anybody.”

“In fact, we’re here to express our frustration. We’re all frustrated people,” the former governor added.

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Nigerians Behave Like Tenants In Their Own Country – Donald Duke

Former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke has called on Nigerians, especially young people, to play a pivotal role in leadership and governance.

Mr. Duke made this call at the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders which held on May 30, 2017 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to him, Nigerians behave like tenants in their country, thereby leaving older politicians and godfathers to take decisions on their behalf.

Themed ‘Open Governance: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government’, the Symposium brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship.

Speaking during the panel session titled ‘Office of the Citizen’, Mr. Duke stated that Nigerian youth need to get involved to make a difference while in the prime of their lives, or suffer the consequences of not making the right demands from their government.

“Godfatherism grows out of mentorship… They are there to set you on a path, but do not let them enslave you. Right now, Nigerian youths have the numbers to make positive changes in this country, and they should use it,” he said.

“There is a lot of contempt in government now because there are no consequences to wrong actions by the government. The failure in the country is the youths’ inability to aspire for better lives and situations for themselves. They behave like tenants in their own country.”

Speaking at the event, Rinsola Abiola, a youth advocate and media aide to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, urged Nigerian youth to make use of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in requesting for information in order to make decisions.

Other speakers at the event include Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach; Dayo Isreal, youth advocate; Arit Okpo, award-winning TV/Radio presenter; and Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV.

The third edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders was powered by The Future Project, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com.

 

 

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Donald Duke, Peter Obi, Japheth Omojuwa, Seun Onigbinde, Others Call For Transparency And Accountability In Government

Former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, has called for transparency and accountability in governance across all levels. Mr. Obi expressed this notion at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders which took place today at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Themed ‘Open Governance: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government’, the Symposium brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship.

While speaking, Peter Obi decried the cost of governance in Nigeria stating that Nigeria needs a broad, comprehensive approach to address issues of budget inflation and corruption among public servants.

“The present cost of governance in Nigeria is totally unacceptable”, Obi said. “Expenses of running the government in Nigeria is at the detriment of the citizens. Most Nigerians have no knowledge of the Chairman of their local government, so how do you expect to keep them accountable?”

Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder, BudgIT, affirmed that citizens need to demand answers from elected officials at all levels.

“Nigerians need to demand for transparency all the time. The National Assembly spends 10 times the budget of other federal institutions in the country. The government serves the people, not the other way round. Nigeria is our collective responsibility, and as true citizens of this country, we need to find our voices,” Onigbinde said.

Speakers at the event include Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; and Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach.

Others are Dayo Isreal, youth advocate; Rinsola Abiola, youth advocate; Ayo Thompson, award-winning TV/Radio presenter; Seun Okinbaloye, Arit Okpo and political correspondent, Channels TV.

The third edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders was powered by The Future Project, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com.

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Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Donald Duke, Others To Speak At The Nigeria Young And Emerging Leaders Symposium

The Future Project partners the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com to host the third edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders on May 30, 2017 in Lagos.

The Symposium will bring together leaders in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more – to engage and discuss the theme ‘Open governance: Improving transparency and accountability in government’.

“YNaija, through YMonitor – its accountability and governance portal – continues to perform its strategic role as media watchdog through which citizens keep tab on projects and activities of government with a view to building democratic institutions and strengthening the levers of governance at all levels,” said Isime Esene, managing editor of Y!/YNaija.com. “The Symposium will provide young leaders a platform to crystallize ideas and proffer solutions to issues of leadership facing the country.”

Bukonla Adebakin, the chief operating officer of The Future Project, urged participants to drive robust engagement and further the course of young people across Nigeria.

“We are excited by the sheer quality of discussants lined-up to speak at the event,” Adebakin said. “There is no better time than now to take on the theme of the Symposium which focuses on the crucial leadership and development imperative of open governance. It is only through adopting globally accepted democratic values such as this that we can truly succeed in building active and empowered citizens,” she added.

Speakers at the Symposium include Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation; and Hon. Adbulmumin Jibrin, member of the House of Representative.

Others are Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarenwaju, senior project manager, Courier Plus; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach; Seun Onigbinde, co-founder, BudgIT; Yemi Adamolekun, executive director, EiE Nigeria; Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV; and Dayo Israel, a youth advocate.

Speakers who have headlined the Symposium include Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education; and Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of youth and development.

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