Oby Ezekwesili withdraws from presidential race, insists on coalition

Oby Ezekwesili withdraws from presidential race on Thursday morning and has rather opted to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party in the February 16, 2019 election.

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Oby Ezekwesili withdraws from presidential race, insists on coalition


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.

According to her, the action is also prompted by an examination of the country’s electoral environment sequel to the 2019 presidential debate of Saturday, January 19, 2019.

“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,” the statement read.

She said,

“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 with in 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 (PACT) arrangement in 2018, when I consented to supervise the internal selection process as an outside observer passionate about building an alternative force.”

Ezekwesili also said,

“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.

“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.”

She added,

“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, Ubabukoh thanked Nigerians, including campaign donors and volunteers, who supported Ezekwesili, saying that “every money donated to the campaign and funds spent will be accounted for in the coming days.”

166 Comments

  1. This is good I wish and pray others will come to understand and know this,let’s start building and bridging the gap between the money bags

  2. You actually made the best decision because this is Nigeria where they win election during campaign.

  3. He that is tired in the race should back out let the strong and courageous ones continue ,let no body discourage others forward we move until it is over.

  4. You actually made the best decision because this is Nigeria where they win election during campaign not after the election.

  5. Hahaha! I laugh in China. This woman have failed us. I know she have collected barib from the PDP and APC. She have really proven to us that women can’t be trusted.

  6. I hope others will see the same reason you see and form a coalition. If the rest can form a coalition with Sowore is will be a goal.

  7. The coalition will be of great interest to the nation than everybody on its own because some of these parties are beer parlour parties except PDP and APC which are the major political parties.

  8. I laugh in 3D, you want to form coalition to defeat APCPDP, you shouldn’t have withdrawn now, you should have slog it out with APCPDP now, do you think you can get10,000 votes from across the country? No you can’t get, you only do yourself good by withdrawing because you have seen the humiliation you will suffer in the hands of APCPDP. I Congratulate you for your withdrawal

  9. I don’t really see a chance of her winning the elections so I think she made the right decision.

  10. The beat at this time,because you first build a base and start from there,the way up is starting from the somewhere, God bless you maa

  11. Thank God for the good decision. May God give you the grace to do what you have determine to do

  12. Thank you a lot. We appreciate the good heart you uphold for our nation Nigeria. We shall all said power to the people and not for an individual in this elected ion 2019.

  13. That is a good idea ma’am,
    You are thinking straight now. If there is cooperation, they should be able to defeat the other party

  14. Wise decision to me from the debate she has seen that she cannot win hence the backing down in hope you achieve whatever lie you tell your self and Nigerians

  15. It’s a good strategic plan. A coalition is necessary to defeat these old men. The votes that would have gone to you, will go to the coalition candidates.

  16. From minute one you knew you won’t win, all you wanted is anyone that wins they will fine you something

  17. That’s more like it. Something that soothes the ear and I can’t wait to read more abt this resolutions. It’s indeed time for something different from the usual in Nigeria

  18. After the debate I already said she can’t go far so its good she stepped down now all the best to other candidate especially fela durotoye

  19. I think she knows the real race is between buhari and Atiku . She has the potential , i hope she comes out again in the future

  20. You would have stand your el croon, you shouldn’t allow the men to intimidate you but is your choice after all

  21. How could she do such. Now my presidential candidate is gone. She just spoilt thousands of people’s vote. What is all this.

  22. I’m glad for all the people that came out for this presidential election and how they are showing that they are not just educated but wise. I pray we are free from the shackles of those heartless vampires.

  23. I support ur move cos Nigeria is not yet ripe for a female president. So that they will not kill u untimely.

  24. Dropping your candidacy is best known to you, but I was happy seeing you as one of the candidates,wish you the very best

  25. Good PM…..Ma’am…..You’ve done yourself some good by throwing in the towel,its the most noble of things you’ve in the recent past.
    Politics in our Subregion is not for the faint hearted…..its for Folks who have no iota of conscience.
    Thank you….God bless

  26. Another promise that can not be fulfil,madam simply walk away,nobody will hold you back, we will all understand and forget all this promise .

  27. Ganging up against APCPDP, I hope it works, enough of this bad leadership that has led Nigeria to nowhere

  28. You did well though, but backing out dosent really show that power you have.
    Well, its good u understood and has decided on the coalition

  29. This is just a front for covering what really gave birth to this decision
    For crying out loud
    You told Nigerians to vote for you in the presidential debate

  30. How could she do such. Now my presidential candidate is gone. She just spoilt thousands of people’s vote

  31. What she did is right, coalition is what we need now as we need to get rid of both APC and PDP.

  32. I totally agree with her decision, not the one she withdrew from the presidential race, but her wanting to help make sure neither APC nor PDP wins.

  33. We Nigerians complain that we don’t gat good government but when its time for elections, we act like we only see two parties, recycle the same clowns then complain later.

  34. We the voters complain that we don’t gat good government but when its time for elections, we act like we only see two parties, recycle the same clowns then complain afterwards….

  35. Well is better she did it now before it is late for her thank God she realized that in time

  36. Why wait till now when inec has printer her name on the ballot? She has right ro opt out but she is not serious

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