A high-profile candidate, Donald Duke, has announced his intention to contest Nigeria’s highest position with the current ruler in next year’s presidential election.
Duke, a former governor of Cross Rivers, made his intentions known while speaking on the topic ‘Nigeria In Clear and Present Danger’, at the annual Law dinner of the University of Nigeria, Anambra State on Friday (June 8)
His words: “I am putting myself forward for the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I’m not going to sit back any longer and postulate. And I want each one of those young people there to be part of it. That’s why I urge them to go and get their voter’s card and be part of this society.
“Don’t be onlookers any longer, this is not a football match where you sit in the audience and cheer and grumble. Get unto the field and take part.
“I’m not going to sit back, I’m going to take part.”
Mr Duke who is currently a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was one of those who welcomed the Coalition For Nigeria Movement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo In February.
Bear in mind that after months of speculations, President Muhammadu Buhari on April 9, officially informed the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he will be seeking the party nomination to fly the party flag in the 2019 presidential election.
But the ex-governor noted that although he had not chosen the platform he will be contesting on, he was convinced that it was time to make a move towards addressing Nigeria’s clear and present danger.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to speak on Mr Duke’s presidential ambition.
Donald Duke is just a low budget Obama that eats editang.
— Oriaku Esq. (@stephie_coco) June 11, 2018
If you really want to make Nigeria a better place for this generation and our future, you’d vote for Donald Duke.
— Ruby Maduka. (@Adannie_) June 11, 2018
Lol. Donald Duke? Nahhh. I’d stick with Buhari sorry.
I don’t like to lose. And if I support Donald, I’m fvcking losing. As far as 2019 is concerned, I’ve not seen anyone influential enough to “challenge” PMB not to talk of winning him.
— SYLAR (@somtoobasi) June 11, 2018
What makes Donald Duke the right candidate? or you people just support because he is handsome?
— Winnie (@WitWinnie) June 11, 2018
So are we voting for donald duke 2019 or nah?
— Ree_Rie (@A_Gyal) June 11, 2018
I said the same thing several years ago when people used TINAPA as a strong point for a Donald Duke presidency tilt. He essentially bankrupted his state for a project that didn’t make sense https://t.co/JzCGH3ZdoR
— Adeola (OneArseneWenger) (@adey_naija) June 11, 2018
There’s finally a presidential candidate worth voting for. Donald Duke for President ?
— E-zrael Ani (@EzraelAni) June 11, 2018
Hype Donald Duke all you want, his Electoral Value isn’t up to 1/10 of Atiku’s. And Even Atiku will get Slammed by Buhari. The key to having a chance of defeating Buhari is a coalition of Atiku, Kwankwaso ,Donald Duke And Obasanjo
— ZAMORA (@orladhortun) June 11, 2018
The news of @Donald_Duke Running for President Made me Smile. He is a man i respect so much, he is a man of the people, His humility is beyond human imagination. When he was a Gov, He did excellently well. We can trust Nigeria in his hand. I Support ur ambition @Donald_Duke pic.twitter.com/fd3kaUZhng
— Paul Ezuzu (@paulezuzu) June 11, 2018