Many young Nigerians are presently appealing to the former Governor of Cross River State and 2019 Nigeria Presidential candidate under Nigeria Social Democratic Party, SDP, Donald Duke to contest for the 2023 presidential election.
Duke who was born to Henry Etim Duke, the longest ever serving Controller General (formerly known as Chairman board of Customs and excise duties) attended Corona School, Lagos and Federal Government College, Sokoto
He received his LLB degree in 1982 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria, B.L in 1983 from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and L.L.M. in Business Law and Admiralty in 1984 from University of Pennsylvania, United States.
When he served as the executive governor of Cross River State, Duke initiated outstanding economic policies that transformed and made the state a centre for tourist attraction.
He is the brain behind, Calabar carnival, Marina Resort, Obudu Cattle Ranch, Cable Car, Bebi Airstrip, Obudu International Mountain Race and Tinapa Resort which at a time made Cross River State a home for tourists across the globe.
Because of his outstanding records in governance, young Nigerians from all walks of life are currently appealing to Donald Duke to contest in 2023 and that he will receive their massive votes.
Moreover, a special Facebook forum named ‘TEAM DONALD DUKE’ has been created for this presidential bid. When ElombahNews monitored daily activities in the forum, it was discovered that every participant in the closely regulated forum was gunning for Duke.
A member of the Facebook forum posted, “In two years Donald Duke will take office and he will lead with integrity, decency, and compassion…. Get your pvc, mobilize, Educate and encourage people to vote for Donald Duke”.
Another one said, “When he was a governor W.A.C.E. was free, taxation was reduced & there was no embarrassment in streets of Calabar.”
“There is no one better prepared than Donald Duke to steer our country through these times and restore truth, honor, and decency to the presidential Villa Abuja, We need more of our members and Supporters to get they’re pvc and Encourage others to vote for Donald Duke 2023,” another member said.
Many political observers have started asking if it will be possible for Duke to take the lead in 2023 considering the call by many for President Mohammadu Buhari to handover political power to the South East of the region for the sake of justice and equity.
However, there are other strong political buffaloes, the likes of Senator Orji Kalu, Senator Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State whom have already positioned themselves to slug it out in 2023.
But the odds are not really too bad for Duke as many have said, if the election will be open and transparent, there could be every possibility of Donald Duke taking over power come 2023.
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