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Ezekwesili escaped move to sack her, ACPN says, declares support for Buhari

Ezekwesili escaped move to sack her, ACPN says, declares support for Buhari

The ACPN National Chairman, Abdulganiyu Galadima, who doubles as the Vice Presidential candidate for the February 16 election at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja, said the party was withdrawing support for Ezekwesili and endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari's second term bid.

Ezekwesili added that she made a decision to withdraw in order to help to build a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.

"I have chose 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", she said.

Addressing the press, party's National Chairman and running mate to Dr Ezekwesili, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, National Secretary, Chief Paul Isamede, Deputy National Chairman, South, Otunba Bosun Omosule and his counterpart for the North, Alhaji Ibrahim Goronyo said they received with consternation but not surprising Ezekwesili's withdrawal which was to preempt the decision that the party would have reached after its meeting on Thursday.

"I have chose 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", the statement read.

It added that it has endorsed the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari who it noted would take the nation to the next level.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, her media aide, Mr Ozioma Ubabukoh, in Lagos State, on Thursday, said Galadima's claim that she was contesting to negotiate to be Minister of Finance was a figment of his imagination.

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He also accused the former World Bank Vice President of fraudulently using the party to receive thousands of dollars and millions of Naira without the knowledge of the party.

She said her decision was taken following call from Nigerians and those overseas for her to do so.

"This she does not deem fit to inform the party whose mandate she is holding".

According to the party, Mrs Ezekwesili's announcement was not surprising, as she only pre-empted the party's decision to support another presidential candidate. No campaign secretariat, billboard or great commitment on the ground to indicate any seriousness.

He said Ezekwesili must return whatever money she collected from people on behalf of the party, because whatever was given to her belonged to the party.

"We want to use this medium to tell her that we are not that was given to her not unaware of the various accounts that herself and her personal aide has opened to generate funds".

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is too late for any candidate to withdraw from contesting any position in the upcoming elections.


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