The ex- governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, has joined a large number of aspirants for the office of President in the 2019 election, but unsure of the party to adopt to achieve his aspiration.
Duke who joins the race along former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and a number of former governors from the north, declared his intentions at the annual Law dinner of the University of Nigeria, on Friday
His intention may be difficult to materialise as his platform, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), had zoned the office to the North.
Although the zoning had become controversial following the declaration of governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti to vie, but the party had yet to discard the zoning.
Duke spoke on ‘Nigeria In Clear and Present Danger’, explained that he wasn’t yet sure of the platform with which he will be contesting.
He said he was convinced that it was time to make a move towards addressing Nigeria’s problem.
He also stated that “will and strategy” are major components needed to ensure all-round national development.
“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,” he asserted.
He was also one of those who witnessed the formal registration of the former president (Obasanjo) as a member of the group, which he had called for to save Nigeria from the myriad of challenges it is facing.
56-year-old Donald Duke was the Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.