Ezekwesili in a press release to DAILY POST stated she stepped except for the presidential race to assist construct a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party within the February 16, 2019 election.
According to her, her resolution to withdraw from the race adopted intensive discussions with Nigerians at house and within the Diaspora and an examination of the nation’s electoral atmosphere sequel to the 2019 presidential debate of Saturday, January 19, 2019.
This improvement, which is coming 20 days to the presidential election, has since stirred various reactions from Nigerians on-line.
Here are some feedback gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:
@MarkEssien “Oby Ezekwesili has stepped down to help build a single coalition against the incumbents. My next preferred candidate is Kingsley Moghalu, and if all other 3rd force presidential candidates consolidate around one person, it can become significant enough to shake the status quo.”
@Aolaosebikan “Good move but somehow too late. Also many wasted opportunities for a good representation at National Assembly. Anyway we have learned enough to be more strategic for 2023.”
@BrodaleeB “The aim is to remove bad government.As you have step down don’t make the mistake of joining APC. You will lose again.”
@Fjfalase “Please collaborate to kill the double headed monster ie APC and PDP !!!! The citizens need you to.”
@Ifystic “After causing distraction and confusion. This is why I always taught you are a Buhari agent judging from your campaign attacks on PDP.”
@Slkie “Hmmm, you need to assist construct coalition 20 days to election? 20 days not 20 months and even 20 weeks!
@Iamdpassword “Oby Ezekwesili just stepped down from the presidential election. It’s good that she has finally realised that changing the status quo demands forming an alliance. It’s coming a bit late tho but next time we try earlier.”
@SammyAdex1 “Madam you should have known that coalition bond is stronger if you really would love to put or stop APC and PDP in the forthcoming election.”
@Kany_10 “Aunty Oby Ezekwesili, we told you before that she’s sponsored to destabilise the polity, but she’s too small to do the hatchet job, so she finally bows out. Apart from Sowore, others are doing the same paid job, but will soon join aunty Obi on the sideline.”
@Harir_Isah “Too late na, We expected this move months ago.May be you should extend the plan to 2023.”
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