The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, has stated that it will support President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid, the Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The development is coming hours after Oby Ezekwesili, the Presidential Candidate of the party, withdrew from the race.
On Thursday, Ozioma Ubabukoh, the Spokesperson of the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, said that the former Education Minister will now devote her time in building a coalition that would the defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; thereby, resigning as the party’s Presidential Candidate.
However, speaking with Journalists, Gani Galadima, the National Chairman of the ACPN, said that Ezekwesili only wanted to use the ACPN platform to negotiate to be Finance Minister.
“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”, he said.
“This she does not deem fit to inform the party, whose mandate she is holding. If you observe, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is the only Presidential Candidate, who was so militant in her campaign, without any tangible thing on the ground to indicate any seriousness in the prosecution of her campaign.
“No campaign Secretariat, billboard, or great commitment on the 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.”
Galadima maintained that she did not inform the party of her decision to withdraw from the race.
He asked her to return to the party all the donations “from all over the world”, because the party would have to account to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“We may take her to court. She was just using us to play”, he said.
According to the Chairman, the party’s fee for expression of interest and nomination form is N10.5 million, but she only offered N100,000.