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Just in: Ezekwesili steps down to build none existing coalition against PDP, APC

Former Minister of Education, World Bank chief and the presidential candidate of the ACPN, Dr Oby Ezekwesili this Thursday morning, January, 24, 2019, announced her stepping down from the February 16, 2019 presidential election.
In a terse statement issued by her Campaign Organisation’s spokesperson, Mr. Ozioma Ubabukoh, the activist said after consultations with Nigerians both home and the Diaspora, she decided to bow out and help build a strong coalition against the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which analysts say does not exist less than one month to the presidential election.
It was not clear if the said coalition she intends to build was the botched in-house elections she conducted amongst her presidential peers including herself, Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Muoghalu and Omoyele Sowore some months ago, when they first agreed to form alliance and present one candidate.
Details from the said election showed that she herself failed to recognize the election she served as umpire as all other contestants dumped the election which produced Durotoye as concensus candidate.
Business Hilights recalls that the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had earlier in the week made it clear that apart from his defence that he came for the debate but could not take part because President Muhammadu Buhari did not come, analysts have holed out another strategic reason why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate shunned the debate.
According to observers and followers of political antecedents trailing the fast approaching 2019 general elections, the trio of Dr Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Muoghalu and Omoyele Sowore had some months ago, agreed to form alliance and present one candidate.
The aim of pact was for them to work together. To unify and pick ONE of them to be the presidential candidate while the others throw their weights behind that ONE person.
They did some sort of primary to elect that ONE person and Fela Durotoye won.
Unfortunately, instead of honouring their gentleman pact at least to show that they as leaders can be lead also, they dumped their agreement and went their respective ways.
Business Hilights further gathered that Kingsley Moghalu and Sowore rejected the result of the selection and backed out. Oby was in charge of that selection, she too backed away to run her own campaign.
Key questions that have been asked by many include if people who couldn’t honour a simple PACT between themselves, people who couldn’t accept the result of an election they conducted within themselves, people who couldn’t unite to pursue a common goal; is it wise to join issues in debating the way forward for a country like Nigeria?
Observers say Atiku avoided their debate because they have shown inability to manage a microcosm of Nigeria b y even themselves by not abiding by the results of their self-conducted in-house election.
As it is now, the said coalition Dr Ezekwesili claims to begin to build does not exist and may not come up in less than one month to the election; thus suggesting that she chickened out of fears of failure, funding crisis or disorganization in her campaign organization after all.

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