Oby Ezekwesili Reacts to the Prophecy,saying that her party Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has been playing politics with a transactional mindset that betrays her own personal values.
The former Minister of Education announced her decision to withdraw from the February 16 presidential election on Thursday, January 24, 2019, noting that she wants to “focus on supporting a better candidate to for the Presidential election.
The National Chairman, Ganiyu Galadima, has accused her of dishonesty. Galadima in his words said that the former minister was using the party’s platform to negotiate for the position of Minister of Finance with the opposition.
Galadima, who was also Ezekwesili’s running mate, further retaliated by saying that the ACPN will now back President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for re-election at next month’s polls.
In a reaction to the party’s allegations, Ezekwesili has fired back, accusing the ACPN’s leadership of “political entrepreneurship” that clashes with her vision to mobilise citizens to disrupt the old order politics in Nigeria.
The statement she released on Friday, January 25, she said the party’s reaction to her withdrawal proves that she made the right decision to withdraw her membership.
“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.
“The party’s decision to immediately today endorse the candidate of APC, which was announced by my erstwhile VP candidate who is also the Chairman of ACPN was their classic political entrepreneurship in full display for Nigerians to see. It is instructive,” she said.
She said she is glad to have dumped the party after months of waiting for its leadership to ditch its “transactional approach to politics” and commit to the upliftement of new values of disruptive politics that she had desired and preached within the party.