With the former minister of education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili ‘s announcement, of her withdrawal from the presidential race on Thursday, the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come to say, it is too late for Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili to withdraw as the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Oyekanmi Rotimi has released a statement stating that the action of the ACPN presidential candidate at this time is against the constitution as amended.
He further said, “the deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw or be replaced has passed”.
Mr Oyekanmi Rotimi also said candidates are free to withdraw their candidature but in Ezekwesili’s case the timing is the problem.
He said according to section 35 of the electoral act, “you can indicate that willingness not later than 45 days to the General Elections”.
He pointed out that in the 2019 schedule of activities, 17th of November 2018 was the last day for withdrawal or replacement of candidates.
Oyekanmi also added that Ezekwesili cannot be forced to participate in the election, still she cannot withdraw because that contravenes the law.
He said if she had indicated earlier, the opportunity would have been given to the party for a replacement, adding that now it is too late.
Following the withdrawal of ACPN presidential candidate, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, the ACPN has criticised her action and alleged that her presidential aspiration was not real.
The party further withdraws their support for the presidential campaign of Ezekwesili and endorses the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.