Few hours after Oby Ezekwesili announced her opting out of the Presidential race, so she could form a coalition to defeat Buhari and Atiku. The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), which is Oby’s party says it would transfer its support to President Buhari’s re-election bid.
The party’s national chairman and Oby Ezekwesili’s running mate, Gani Galadinma, spoke to newsmen said Oby only wanted to use the party as a tool to get herself the finance minister seat whenever a new government assumes government.
Galadinma added that the party knew nothing about her decision to withdraw from the presidential race. He said she may be charged to court as it is apparent that she was just using the party to play. The party’s national chairman also added that Ezekwesili only paid N100, 000 for the party’s presidential form which was to be sold at N10.5 million.
“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.
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.” he said
He also requested Ezekwesili to return all the donations “from all over the world” to the party because the party is liable to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).