Professor Jerry Gana, the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has said that his party will take Nigeria by storm come 2019.
While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Prof Gana said 2019 will see the second coming of the SDP, explaining that the first advent of the party was in 1993 when Chief MKO Abiola won the presidential polls flawlessly.
He said, “I want to assure you that the SDP which have won an election in Nigeria before, will do it again”.
Further speaking on his party’s chances at the forthcoming polls, Prof Gana said the “Nigerian electorate has changed profoundly,” arguing that the people will not be voting political parties but individuals with “character and integrity”.
Prof Gana said the electorate will put each candidate to the ‘acid test’ and go beyond party lines to choose only leaders who are competent and can deliver of the promise of democracy.
He said the SDP “Knows the country, knows the people and knows what the electorate want,” and will “take the nation by storm”.
The former lawmaker said he really wants to make sure that the youth and women are given excellent opportunities.
Reacting to questions regarding the ongoing dispute between himself and Donald Duke as regards who will be flag-bearer for the SDP in 2019, Prof Gana said the party is operating solely on the rule of law.
“We are laying a foundation for democracy and the rule of law is part of democracy; Nobody should violate their own constitution to proceed and do things that are not right,” Prof Gana said.
He also noted that based on the zoning rule adopted by the SDP, Donald Duke is not eligible to be the party flag-bearer in the 2019 election.
Speaking about support from party loyalists, Prof Gana said, “Many of our people are supporting my candidature because there are some very serious matters that need to be resolved at this point of our nation building”.