Saturday, 9 June 2018

Donald Duke officially declares to run for president in 2019

Former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke has joined a long list of aspirants trying to become president in 2019. The 57-year-old made the announcement in Enugu on Friday, June 8, 2018, without disclosing the platform he’ll use to contest.

Recall that while speaking at the third Mike Omotosho annual lecture in January 2018, Donald Duke said he’s entitled to run for the presidency and would contest under the right circumstances as he has all it takes to lead the country.

“It is high time Nigerians begun to project people with the technical know-how to take the country to the Promised Land,” he said.

During an interview in February 2018, he disclosed that his presidential ambition was still intact and that he would run again if the opportunity presented itself.

Duke was elected Cross River State governor in 1999 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and won re-election in 2003.

After the end of his second term in 2007, Duke was an aspirant in that year’s presidential election but eventually stepped aside for party favourite, Umaru Yar’Adua, who won the election.

Watch the video of his declaration below…

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