A former Minister of Education, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Friday faulted the claims by the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria following her withdrawal from the presidential race, describing the allegations as lies.
According to her, she decided to sacrifice her candidacy to uphold her values by withdrawing.
“Nigeria and Nigerians deserve a new order of ethical, competent and capable leadership. I had earlier assumed the ACPN was aligned with me to offer that until it proved otherwise. The values and vision divergence with the party was a key factor that triggered my withdrawal from the presidential race on their ticket prompting me to dissociate immediately in order to help build a coalition for good governance. It is why I was instant in sacrificing my candidacy to uphold my values by withdrawing”, she said.
Ezekwesili’s reaction was contained in a statement entitled, ‘No amount of lies can stop the emergence of a new political mindset and order,’ issued from Cabo in Mexico where she is attending the Albert Einstein’s Genius100 Visionaries meeting.
She said, “Some hours ago, I arrived far flung Cabo in Mexico where our Albert Einstein’s Genius100 Visionaries meeting is holding. I was delighted to read reactions of real patriots to my announcement that I have decided to withdraw from the 2019 presidential race and end my membership of the ACPN. I have also seen the reaction of ACPN leadership to my decision.
“Fortunately, they have divinely helped me by making the Nigerian public now fully understand why I had to swiftly depart from their midst. How could I upon realising the divergence of values and vision with the leadership of the party continue to stand on such a political platform? My abiding vision has been to mobilise citizens to disrupt the old order politics of APC-PDP.
“The party’s decision to immediately endorse the candidate of APC (President Muhammadu Buhari) which was announced by my erstwhile VP candidate who is also the chairman of ACPN was their classic political entrepreneurship in full display for Nigerians to see. It is instructive.”