The presidential candidate of the Nigerian Allied Congress Party, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has announced that the presidential race has withdrawn.
However, in the elections held on 16 February 2019, she decided to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressive Congress and the People’s Democratic party. A statement issued by Ozioma Ubabukoh, spokesman of the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organization on Thursday morning, said she took the decision after “extensive discussions at home with the Nigerians and the Diaspora.”
According to her, the action was also led by a review of the country’s electoral environment following Saturday 19 January 2019 ‘s presidential debate. The Declaration says, “This decision has taken place after extensive consultations with leaders from different walks of life throughout the country in recent days. I believe that I must concentrate on helping to build a real coalition to ensure a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the upcoming elections.
” I am deeply convinced that this broad coalition for a viable alternative has now become an urgent mission for and on behalf of Nigerian citizens more than ever before. Therefore, I have chosen to show the much-needed patriotic sacrifice for our national revival and redirection. ” I would like to state that I have been in private talks with other candidates over the past three months to build a coalition that would allow Nigerians to exercise their choice without feeling helplessly encumbered by #APCPDP ‘s evil twins.
” While the discussions continued, I never hesitated for a moment to sacrifice my candidacy in order to facilitate the emergence of the planned strong and viable alternative with which Nigerians could identify in our collective search for a new start. ” My commitment to this promising political recalibration was consistent and consistent with my agreement, at the request of candidates coming together in 2018 under the Presidential Aspirants Agreement, when I agreed to oversee the internal selection process as an external observer who was passionate about building an alternative force.
“Despite the ACPN ‘s resistance to these and other issues, however, I have decided that it is now necessary to demonstrate by action and example my determination on this issue by dropping my candidacy so that I can concentrate on building a coalition to a logical end. ” We have no right to allow people to give up. We will #Fight4Naija together and prove to everyone that the mess that has now become the political class should not be allowed to destroy our minds and nation. We are also committed to ensuring that the message continues to resonate that our beloved country deserves better and that we are getting the best we can.
” I made it clear to Nigerians from the last year when I joined the presidential race that the country had always had a 20-year cycle of change–1958, 1979 and 1999. In 2019, therefore, another 20-year cycle begins, and together with all Nigerians of good will, I am ready to play my part to ensure that we do not miss this golden opportunity to sing a new song. There’s no time left to waste. Let’s get to work! “Ubabukoh thanked Nigerians, including campaign donors and volunteers, who supported Ezekwesili, saying that “all money donated to the campaign and money spent in the coming days will be accounted for.