Hours after ANPP presidential candidate Oby Ezekwesili announced her decision to quit the presidential race, Fela Durotoye has also followed suit.
Ezekwesili had said she was open to form a coalition in order to wrestle power from the APC and PDP, and Durotoye, a candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), has expressed same intention.
“I have always believed that leadership is about service and sacrifice and today, I would like to commend Dr. (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili for leading the charge to forming a viable coalition to presenting a consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential elections,” Durotoye said in a statement Thursday morning.
“To ensure that an alliance is formed and we present a united front, I am ready to come into any coalition talks with my brothers, Omoyele Sowore, and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, and to submit myself to any transparent process that will help us arrive at a selection of a consensus candidate from amongst us.
“To be clear, if the process produces any other candidate apart from myself, I am ready to support whoever the consensus candidate is and to do all I can to support the coalition to win the 2019 presidential elections for our generation.
“Once again, I implore the frontline candidates in our generation. Let us come together and seize this historic window of opportunity for our generation to select one of us to go ahead of us, so that all of us can come together and speak with one voice at the 2019 general elections.
“Together, we can do the perceived impossible. Our generation is depending on us. We must not let them down.”
It appears both candidates will now throw their weights behind YPP presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu.