The former presidential candidate for the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria has come under criticism by the Leadership of the ACPN for withdrawing from the Presidential race.
In an address to newsmen in Abuja , the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Gani Galadima said Ezekwesili never informed the party of her plans to withdraw from the race, alleging that the Presidential aspiration of the former minister wasn’t real.
In his statement on Thursday, he said “… She only wanted to use the platform of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) to negotiate to be Nigeria’s finance minister in the next dispensation”.
Gani went further to request that Ezekwesili must, give account to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of monies in her procession, saying it is imperative that she returns the monies donated by international bodies which she received and likewise all properties belonging to the party.
The party accused Ezekwesili of taking the decision to withdraw from the presidential race without informing the ACPN leadership whose mandate she was holding.
The ACPN said, “If you observe, Dr Oby Ezekwesili is the only presidential candidate who is so militant in her campaign without any tangible thing on the ground to indicate any seriousness in the persecution of her campaign.”
“No campaign secretariat, billboard or great commitment on the ground to indicate any seriousness.”
The party in a statement, went further to say, that it was for these reasons that it decided to withdraw its support for the presidential campaign of the former minister.
In addition to withdrawing their support for Ezekwesili, the party now endorses the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari who it noted would take the nation to the next level.
Other ACPN leaders who signed the statement are Paul Isamade – National Secretary, Bosun Omosule – Deputy National Chairman (South), and Ibrahim Goronyo – Deputy National Chairman (North).
The party made their intentions known hours after Dr Ezekwesili announced her withdrawal from the presidential election scheduled to hold on February 16.