A new twist to events surrounding the 2019 Election has been revealed.
Early Thursday morning, ANPP presidential candidate Oby Ezekwesili announced her decision to step down from the race.
The former Education Minister said she is instead supporting a coalition which will kick two major parties APC and PDP out of power.
Ezekwesili’s party has accused her of telling a lie. The party says she was only interested in using the election as strategy to become Finance Minister.
The party’s National Chairman Gani Galadima said Ezekwesili did not inform members of her decision before the announcement.
“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,” Galadima told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
“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 ground to indicate any seriousness in the prosecution of her campaign.
“No campaign secretariat, billboard or great commitment on ground to indicate any seriousness,” he adds.
The party says it will now throw its weight behind President Muhmamadu Buhari’s reelection at next month’s poll.
“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,” he says.
Galadima said further that Ezekwesili will have to return donations she received from all over the world, as the party would account for the monies spent to INEC.
He said Ezekwesili had offered to pay only N100,000 from the N10.5 million which the party paid to obtain her expression of interest and nomination form.
The BBOG campaigner has not responded to the allegations.