Ezekwesili’s running mate: “I’ll Campaign for Buhari”
Less than a day after the former minister and Presidential candidate of the
Allied Congress Party of Nigeria(ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili withdrew from the race for Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Elections, his running mate,
Alhaji Gani Galadima announced he is endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari from the presidential race.
Recall that Galadima who posted a very poor performance in the election debate for vice presidential candidates had earlier alleged that Ezekwesili entered the race because she was looking forward to becoming the Minister of Finance.
Information from sources close to the running mate of the ACPN had hinted that “Galadima is not known and ACPN is not popular. By withdrawing from the race, the opportunity has now knocked at his door to endorse Buhari. This is what he has been looking for”. It is not, however, clear if this is a decision by the Leadership of the party or a unilateral decision of Alhaji Gani Galadima.
Following this development the a statement issued by the party and signed by Galadima and the party’s secretary, Chief Paul Isamade, read (in part), “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”.
“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.
“No campaign secretariat, billboard or great commitment on ground to indicate any seriousness. It is on this ground that the ACPN is withdrawing support for her presidential aspiration and endorsing the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari to take Nigeria to the next level.”
Culled from Punch Newspapers, 24.01.2019