By Osinachi Nkwocha
Obiageli Ezekwesili, candidate of Allied Congress of Party of Nigeria, has stepped aside from the presidential race to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party in the February 16, 2019 election.
In a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh, Ezekwesili was quoted as saying that her decision to withdraw from the race followed extensive discussions with Nigerians at home and the Diaspora.
Her action, she said , is also prompted by an examination of the country’s electoral environment sequel to the 2019 presidential debate of Saturday, January 19, 2019.
“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.
“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 with in our collective search for a new beginning,” she said.
She averreed that she is stepping down her candidacy to focus squarely on building the coalition to a logical conclusion to dislodge the routine of circulating the same leaders.