OBY EZEKWESILI WITHDRAWS FROM PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has announced her withdrawal from the presidential election.
In a statement released early on Thursday morning, Mrs Ezekwesili said she stepped down from the election to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressive Congress and the People’s Democratic Party in the election.
In the statement issued by the spokesperson of her campaign organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh, Dr Ezekwesili was quoted as saying that her decision to withdraw from the race followed extensive discussions with Nigerians at home and the Diaspora.
It is worth noting that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected Dr Oby Ezekwesili withdrawal. The Director, Voter Education and Publicity INEC, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said since it had released its final list of candidates last week, it had become too late for anybody to withdraw, adding that the logo of the parties would still appear on the ballot paper come February 16, election day.
Donald Duke Back In The Presidential Race
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has ruled in favour of former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, as the authentic presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2019 presidential election.
In a unanimous decision by a three-man panel, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, the court set aside the December 14, 2018 judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which had declared Jerry Gana the candidate of the party.