Donald Duke Dumps PDP, Picks Presidential Form Under SDP
A former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 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.
Mr Duke, a two-term governor of Cross River State on the platform of the PDP, had been expected to run on the party’s platform.
He, however, announced his decision at the national secretariat of the SDP on Tuesday afternoon where he was received by the national secretary, Shehu Gabam, the publicity secretary, Alfa Mohammed, amongst others.
He said he left his party of about 20 years because it had derailed and lost its values and was not the same party he joined back then.
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.