The Independent National Electoral Commission has said the Social Democratic Party are free to contest the February 16 presidential election without submitting the names of its presidential and vice presidential candidates.
A former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana and a former Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, are vying for this ticket.
Gana has the backing of the courts, but he has not been accepted by his party. On the other hand, Duke was thrown out by the courts but remains the acceptable candidate of the party.
The National Chairman, Voter Education Committee, INEC, Festus Okoye, who recently spoke on Sunrise Daily, a live programme of Channels Television, on Friday, said the party had submitted Duke’s name to INEC as its presidential candidate before any court verdict.
He said, “At the time we published the list yesterday (Thursday), the SDP had not forwarded the name of Gana as the presidential candidate of the party. If the party had forwarded the name of the presidential candidate as directed, INEC would have put up the name of Prof Gana on the list as the candidate of the party. So, the onus is on the party.