– Dr. Oby Ezekwesili who was the presidential candidate of the ACPN until yesterday has hit back at the party over allegations that she stepped down for Ministerial appointment
– She also slammed the party for endorsing Pres. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC
Following Oby Ezekwesili’s decision to stepped down as the Presidential candidate of the ACPN yesterday, the party leadership disclosed that Dr. Ezekwesili stepped down to take up ministerial appointment in the government that will take power in 2019.
Oby Ezekwesili in a counter statement has denied the allegations and she further blasted the party leadership for endorsing Pres. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.
She insisted that she stepped down to create a third force for Nigerians to choose apart from the APC and the PDP.
Oby Ezekwesili however, disclosed that she would address the matter in a world press conference once she returns to Nigeria.
She disclosed that the decision taken by the party has helped her to reveal to Nigerians why she swiftly left their midst.
Below is an extract from her statement:
Some hours ago, I arrived far flung Cabo in Mexico where our Albert Einstein’s Genius100 Visionaries meeting is holding. I was delighted to read reactions of real patriots to my announcement that I have decided to withdraw from the 2019 presidential race and end my membership of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN). I have also seen the reaction of ACPN leadership to my decision.
“Nigeria and Nigerians deserve a New Order of ethical, competent and capable leadership. I had earlier assumed the ACPN was aligned with me to offer that, until it proved otherwise. The values and vision divergence with the party was a key factor that triggered my withdrawal from the presidential race on their ticket prompting me to dissociate immediately in order to help build a coalition for Good Governance. It is why I was instant in sacrificing my candidacy to uphold my values by withdrawing.”
She also appreciated Nigerians for understanding the reason for her stepping down.