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Madam Oby Ezekwesili withdraws from 2019 presidential race


Oby Ezekwesili announced her withdrawal from the 2019 presidential race saying she has chosen to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party in the February 16, 2019 presidential election.

She explaining her decision to step down in a series of tweets this morning. Mrs Ezekwesili said her action was prompted by an examination of the country’s electoral environment sequel to the 2019 presidential debate of Saturday, January 19, 2019.

See her full statement below…

Following the reactions of Nigerian citizens at home and abroad to the 2019 Presidential Debate held on Saturday 19 January 2019, and after extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days, I have decided to step down from the presidential race and focus on helping to build a Coalition for a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the 2019 general elections.

This coalition for a viable alternative has now more than ever before become an urgent mission for and on behalf of the citizenry.

Over the past three months, I have been in private extended talks with other candidates to make a coalition possible that would allow Nigerians to exercise choice without feeling helplessly saddled with the #APCPDP.

In doing so, I have not hesitated to offer my willingness to step down my candidacy in order to facilitate the emergence of a strong and viable alternative behind which Nigerians can line up in our collective search for a new beginning.

My commitment in this regard has been consistent and in consonance with my agreement, at the request of then aspirants under PACT in 2018, to supervise their internal selection process as an outside observer passionate about building this alternative force.

Despite disagreements within the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria on these and other issues, I have decided that it is now necessary to show by action and example my determination on this issue by stepping down my candidacy and focusing on building the coalition once and for all.

We have no right to allow citizens give in to despair. We will #Fight4Naija together, and prove to all that the mess that has now become the political class will not be allowed to destroy our spirits and the nation.

We are also determined to ensure that the message keeps resonating that our beloved country deserves better, and that if we are to get the best that we deserve, we must fight for it.


  1. I know all along that Oby was using the Presidential stunt as a bargaining tool. I remember the steam with which she and others women especially from the Northern part of the country used the “BRING BACK OUR GIRLS” against the last regime.

    When some Northern elements of the BBGs were offered appointments by the APC administration, and Oby was left out, she went after this administration too, but when there was no olive branch for her, she threw the towel in the ring – Presidential election, here I come. But we all know she was going no where!

    The questions are:
    Why start what you cannot finish – energy so dissipated is a waste
    If you know that you cannot stand the heat, why go to the kitchen
    Is she deceiving herself that she have a hope of making impact in Nigeria political landscape
    Can she tell Nigerians which State of Nigeria that she hope to score the mandatory 25% of votes cast, including her own state
    Does she not know that less than 45 days to election, she was not supposed to back out, even with her level of education and knowing what are the dos and donts in the field she was delving into.

    Well, let us wait, watch and see where her bread will be buttered. Already, there are accusation from her party, reach out from the party in power to join forces with PMB camp


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