Omoyele Sowore, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu and Fela Durotoye agree on Consensus Candidate!
In a short video clip posted by the Presidential aspirant of the
Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) on his Facebook page this evening (24.01.2019), he and the other two aspirants Omoyele Sowore, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, together pledged that they would work towards producing a consensus candidate as a unifying front for the 2019 Elections against the two major parties APC and PDP.
Before now, Fela Durotoye had hinted of a potential withdrawal from the race following the earlier withdrawal by Oby Ezekwesili from the race.
Recal that candidates had entered into a voluntary agreement under the
the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) umbrella to produce a common candidate, but that has suffered a number of setbacks in terms of procedure of implementation as many of the aspirants pulled out of the arrangement.
In this exclusive piece sent to Pulse, Moghalu says PACT was put together by persons who had colluded among themselves to assassinate his presidential ambition.
Moghalu’s words are reproduced below, unedited:
PACT was a political assassination attempt, a conspiracy by powerful forces to terminate my candidacy for the Office of the President. I was lucky to have survived that ambush and by God’s mercy waxing even stronger since then. My one regret and apology is to my followers and supporters for the gaffe of being lured into a process that was bursting with insincerity.
The one thing that was not made known to the general public is that the forces behind the outcome of PACT were worried about the emergence of a strong, competent and truly independent alternative candidate (me) that will ultimately challenge the status quo in 2019. Today, the Young Progressives Party (YPP) and my candidacy are indisputably the alternative in Nigerian politics. We will go on to defeat both the APC and the PDP in next month’s election.
Now let me be clear and for the avoidance of any doubt why I walked away from PACT. The process was basically not transparent, and the first rule in any contest of that nature is that there must be a level playing field. In this case there wasn’t. When I arrived at the venue of the poll on the fateful morning, to my utter surprise, was confronted with the presence and participation of Oby Ezekwesili as the “referee” for the polling. Nothing was explained. Who invited her? There were two other “observers”. Why was I as a participant not informed and my prior agreement sought?
Clearly, something was up, there was an “inside game” going on. Also a small clique, made up mainly of members of the ANN party, where running the show driving it to a pre-determined bus stop and keeping others in the dark.