Former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke speaking at a programme, “The Nigerian Symposium for Emerging Leaders’’, held in Lagos, has opined that he will vie for the highest office of the land.
He noted that he once aspired to the position but did not emerge the candidate of the PDP, saying he would still contest for the highest office in the country at the appropriate time. Duke explained that it was because of his preference for the presidential seat that he did not vie for any federal legislative seat after serving out his terms as governor.
“I do not have the flair for the legislature; standing up and sitting down at the chambers to raise a point. That is why I did not contest for the Senate but the presidency, after serving out my terms as governor. I have contested the presidency before; I will still give it a shot when the opportunity presents itself . I believe I still have the energy in me,”he said.
Last month, a group of youths under the aegis of Nigeria Professional Youth Vanguard, NPYV, pledged to support Duke’s presidential ambition in 2019.
The group’s National Coordinator, Princess Ayi Umoh, said in Calabar, Cross River State capital, that NPYV would work using the slogan: Donald Duke for Unity, Stability, Peace and Progress (DD4USPP), to enlighten and mobilise the masses for Duke’s presidential ambition.
She said: “The real change the nation and its citizens want is when they come out enmasse to vote for the former governor of Cross River State in the 2019 presidential election.”
The coordinator said the antecedents of Duke showed his capacity to lead the nation successfully. “Going by his pedigree, he is the credible, capable and he is right person to lead the country.”