The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the opting out of Oby Ezekwesili as the Presidential candidate under the umbrella of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
In accordance with INEC, it is quite late for any candidate to withdraw from vying any position in the coming elections.
Oby Ezekwesili announced her opting out in the morning saying she’d give room for a coalition so as to defeat the two political giants in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC). But reacting through a statement, the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi said the last date for withdrawal was November 17.
Read the statement below:
“It is impossible for any presidential candidate to withdraw from the race now. According to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections, the last day for withdrawal by candidates or replacement of withdrawn candidates by political parties was 17th November 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
The deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw or be replaced has passed.
Section 35 of the electoral act, which gives deadline from withdrawal from any election, states: “A candidate may withdraw his candidature by notice in writing signed by him and delivered by himself to the political party that nominated him for the election and the political party shall convey such withdrawal to the Commission not later than 45 days to the election.”