Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili has lost the support of her Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), a reason that may have informed her shocking withdrawal from the presidential race on Thursday morning.
Instead the party has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid, according to National Chairman Ganiyu Oseni Galadima. Galadima is also Ezekwesili’s running mate.
Galadima at a briefing today accused Ezekwesili of using the party for her selfish interest.
Ezekwesili gave hints in her withdrawal notice that she had lost the party, when she mentioned the resistance within over her idea to forge a coalition candidate.
“However, despite resistance from 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 so as to focus squarely on building the coalition to a logical conclusion”, she said.
Galadima’s statement showed the party was headed in a different direction, which is backing President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Galadima also accused Ezekwesili of other sins as the press briefing that was ongoing at the time of this reportA statement issued by the party, signed by Galadima and the party’s secretary, Chief Paul Isamade, read, “The reason for calling this press conference is to let the world know about the presidential aspiration of Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, which in actual fact, is not the truth. I have been put into confidence by one of her aide named Iyinoluwa Aboyeji that she only wanted to use the platform of the ACPN to negotiate to be Nigeria’s finance minister,” he said.
“This she does not deem fit to inform the party whose mandate she is holding. If you observe, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is the only presidential candidate who was so militant in her campaign without any tangible thing on ground to indicate any seriousness in the prosecution of her campaign.