Former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has formally declared his intention to contest in the 2019 presidential election.
The 57-year-old made the announcement during an interview with Deutsche Welle Africa on Friday, June 8, 2018, without disclosing the platform he’ll use to contest.
When asked what he thinks he can do better than the country’s incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, he said the current administration is totally out of tune with the current realities of Nigeria.
He said, “I see such obvious failings; I see a leadership that is steeped in the past and that’s really refused to evolve with a nation that’s predominantly a nation of young, aspiring people, and still doing the things the way they were done many many years ago and did not work.
“I think our leadership in the country today is totally out of tune with the current realities of our nation. There’s a disconnect somewhere. So, when you have a leadership that blames its young people, for instance, of not striving enough, or being lazy, it’s a disconnect because the tools to make them achieve their aspirations have not been provided.”
It’s still unclear on which paltform Duke will run next year as he’s still officially a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which has zoned its presidential ticket to the north, as well as a member of another third force movement.
When former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, called for a movement of well-meaning Nigerians who will engage in democratic practices that will drive the country forward, Donald Duke was one of the major faces at the launching of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) in Abuja on January 31.
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