Nigeria: Ezekwesili Withdraws From Presidential Race

Oby Ezekwesili.
24 January 2019

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, has withdrawn from the February 16 presidential election.

Ezekwesili, according to a statement explained that it is time for all to build a coalition government.

On her verified Twitter account, Ezekwesili said that following massive consultation after the presidential debate with leaders of various walks of life, "I've decided to step down and focus on building a coalition for the alternative of #APCPDP.

"The coalition for a viable alternative has more than ever before become an urgent mission for an on behalf of the citizenry.

"Over the past three months, I've been in priavte extended talks with other candidates to make coalition possible that would allow Nigerians to exercise choice without feeling helplessly saddled with the #APCPDP."

Following the reactions of Nigerian citizens at home and abroad to the 2019 Presidential Debate held on Saturday 19 January 2019, and after extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days...

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

This coalition for a viable alternative has now more than ever before become an urgent mission for and on behalf of the citizenry.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

Over the past three months, I have been in private extended talks with other candidates to make a coalition possible that would allow Nigerians to exercise choice without feeling helplessly saddled with the #APCPDP.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

In doing so, I have not hesitated to offer my willingness to step down my candidacy in order to facilitate the emergence of a strong and viable alternative behind which Nigerians can line up in our collective search for a new beginning.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

My commitment in this regard has been consistent and in consonance with my agreement, at the request of then aspirants under PACT in 2018, to supervise their internal selection process as an outside observer passionate about building this alternative force.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

Despite disagreements within the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria on these and other issues, I have decided that it is now necessary to show by action and example my determination on this issue by stepping down my candidacy and focusing on building the coalition once and for all.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

We have no right to allow citizens give in to despair. We will #Fight4Naija together, and prove to all that the mess that has now become the political class will not be allowed to destroy our spirits and the nation.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

We are also determined to ensure that the message keeps resonating that our beloved country deserves better, and that if we are to get the best that we deserve, we must fight for it.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

From last year, I have made it clear to the nation that Nigeria has always had a 20 year cycle of change - 1959, 1979, and 1999.

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

2019 begins another 20 year cycle, and together with all Nigerians of good will, I stand ready to play my part to ensure that we do not miss this opportunity to sing a new song. We have no more time to waste. Let's get to work!

- Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 24, 2019

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