A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Donald Duke has said he is running for presidency as nobody’s stooge.
This is even as he disclosed that he was not being pushed by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to contest for presidency.
Recall that Donald Duke was at the forefront of Obasanjo’s Coalition for New Nigeria set up earlier in the year.
Duke also supervised the launch of the movement in Abuja and in Abeokuta earlier in the year.
Also, Obasanjo had recommended the coalition as solution to the leadership crisis in Nigeria.
But, the former governor of Cross River, who recently declared his intention to run for presidency told journalists in Lagos that his ambition to become president was personal and not backed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said, “I am not hypocritical. I am close to the former president but he is neither my sponsor nor backup. However, those who come up with these propaganda also go to get the ex-president’s endorsement.
“I will not keep people aside because of what others think. I need everybody’s support but I am running as Duke and nobody’s stogie.
“I will be putting myself up to run. How it pans out is not what I can say’’ he said.
The former governor however said notwithstanding zoning in the PDP he will contest for Nigeria president.
He said since it was his constitutional right to contest he would not be entered by zoning which he said had not brought out any good for the country.
He said, “Let the people decide. Zoning is undemocratic. I am running as a Nigerian. Zoning has never brought out the best in us. It brings compromise,’’ he said.
He, however, said that his candidature and final platform would be determined on what unfolds in the PDP.”
“There are talks going on with other platforms. When these talks are concluded, then Nigeria will know my final stand. I remain a bona fide member of the PDP,’’ he said.
Mr Duke said that there was need for every Nigerian to get involved in governance in one form or another saying: “Things don’t just happen. Folks make it happen.’’
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