Former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke has declared his intention to run for 2019 Presidential election. His intentions, left Cross Riverians in agog as many are rallying around for his support.
This came shortly after releasing his second daughter, Nela Duke to the Cross River State Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr. for marriage, following the handing over of Xerona Duke to DJ Casie last year.
Duke made his intentions known at the 3rd Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture titled, “Millennial as Protagonists in Nation Building,” last Sunday in Abuja.
He said, “I am entitled to run for the presidency of this country. I am entitled to it. Only on right circumstances I will aspire for it. I don’t shy away from responsibility, only the right circumstance, I will aspire for the presidency of this country. I have what it takes to be president of this country”.
The former Governor also challenged the youths to fully participate in the electoral process by getting their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, and sensitising others ahead of 2019 general election, rather than loafing around, looking for who to heap their problems on.
According to him, “It was high time Nigerians begun to project people with the technical know-how to take the country to the Promised Land. He said, “I hear young people say to me that why would there spend hours queuing and casting their votes when at the end their votes won’t count.
“And I tell that if their parents conceived them they never gave up on them considering the high mortality rate so why would there not take a chance in building this nation?
“We had young leadership at one stage or the other. Even in our first republic, besides the likes of Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, M. T. Mbu was in his twenties when he became a minister.
“Gowon was 30 when he became the head of state. It comes back to the disaster therein because most of them didn’t have experience in governance, which led us into war. We need the combination of both.
“What I think we should be doing is to a government that is youth friendly to provide opportunities because we need to groom the next set of leadership.”
Duke, who disapproved of the recent death of Nigerian migrants on the Mediterranean sea and slavery in Libya, coupled with job loss and rate of unemployment in Nigeria, summed it up, “I don’t know what the definition of a failed state is and I don’t want to categorize Nigeria as a failed state yet, however, a state that was unable to provide for its people has faded up.
“So, if we are not there yet, we are walking with our eyes open towards it. And we need to pull the hand break now before it gets late. The ex-governor, while rating the activities of the present administration, said, there was a disconnection between President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members.
“The challenge we have today is the disconnect. That is the challenge of the governance today. Because if you speak with the folks in government, and I am been candid here. I think we should stop to deceive ourselves here and stop all these political correctness.
“There is disconnecting between the president and even the ministers.
He also attributed the failure of governance on the lack of consequences for erring leaders which has given room for incompetence.
This has left the social media space in the State in jubilation.