The Presidential Hopeful of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili has announced her withdrawal from the presidential race.
Saying one of her best alternatives is to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressive Congress and the people’s Democratic Party come February 16, 2019.
A statement issued on Thursday morning by the spokesperson for Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh, said she took the decision after “extensive discussions with Nigerians at home and the Diaspora.”
According to her, the action was also prompted by an examination of the country’s electoral environment sequel to the 2019 presidential debate of Saturday, January 19, 2019.
The statement reads, “This decision followed extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days. I deem it necessary for me to focus on helping to build a veritable coalition to ensure a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the forthcoming elections.
“It is my ardent belief that this broad coalition for a viable alternative has now become more than ever before, an urgent mission for and on behalf of Nigerian citizens. I have therefore chosen to lead the way in demonstrating the much needed patriotic sacrifice for our national revival and redirection.
“I wish to state that over the past three months, I have been in private, but extended talks with other candidates to birth a coalition that would allow Nigerians to exercise their choice without feeling helplessly encumbered by the evil twins of #APCPDP.
“While the deliberations continued, I never hesitated for a moment in my willingness and determination to sacrifice my candidacy in order to facilitate the emergence of the envisaged strong and viable alternative that Nigerians could identify within our collective search for a new beginning.
“My commitment to this promising political recalibration has been consistent and in consonance with my agreement, at the request of candidates under the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together arrangement in 2018, when I consented to supervise the internal selection process as an outside observer passionate about building an alternative force.
“However, despite resistance from the ACPN 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 so as to focus squarely on building the coalition to a logical conclusion.
“We have no right to allow citizens give in to despair. We will #Fight4Naija together and prove to all that the mess, which the political class has now become, should not be allowed to destroy our spirits and nation. We are also determined to ensure that the message keeps resonating that our beloved country deserves better and that we will get the best that we deserve.
“From last year, when I joined the presidential race, I made it clear to Nigerians that the country has always had a 20-year cycle of change – 1958, 1979, and 1999. As such, 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 golden opportunity to sing a new song. There is no more time to waste. Let’s get to work!”
Meanwhile, barely few days when the flag bearer under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) president mohammadu Buhari while in Sokoto for a presidential rally, claims his government had done well in ensuring peace returns to Borno state
His word:”Our government had achieved peace in the North-East.”When I came on campaign in 2015, I promised to provide security, fight corruption and improve the economy. We have achieved peace in Borno and Yobe, we are trying to improve the economy and we are fighting corruption to recover looted funds,”
But in Responding to the peace claim, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said Borno governor wouldn’t have come to Abuja crying if security was good as claimed, saying All Progressive Presidential Candidates in the person of president Buhari was merely talking politics
The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke to urban express news correspondents, said there was no way the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, would have visited Abuja crying over the deplorable security situation in his state if things were working well.
Secondus said Buhari must have also forgotten that farmers in the North-East and North-Central had been crying over their inability to return to farm because of the insecurity in their areas.
He asked Nigerians to hold the President responsible for the killings of innocent Nigerians in the country.
He said, “Nigerians saw the governor of Borno State when he cried openly at the Presidential Villa over the deplorable security situation in his state.
“He said the situation was becoming unbearable and that people were being killed anyhow. Has the President forgotten that so soon?
“People came to see the President and waved at him to say goodbye. They came to see a man who promised so much but couldn’t deliver a little. They came to see a man who said he would make life better but has succeeded in making life miserable to them.