The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria has disclosed that it will support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid during the February 16, 2019 presidential election.
The development comes hours after Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the party, withdrew from the race.
Addressing journalists, the National Chairman of the party, Gani Galadima, said Ezekwesili only wanted to use the ACPN platform to negotiate for the position of Minister of Finance, adding that the former minister did not show seriousness in her campaign.
Galadima said: “The reason for calling this press conference is to let the world know about the presidential aspiration of Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, which in actual fact, is not the truth. I have been put into confidence by one of her aide named Iyinoluwa Aboyeji that she only wanted to use the platform of the ACPN to negotiate to be Nigeria’s finance minister.
“This she does not deem fit to inform the party whose mandate she is holding. If you observe, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is the only presidential candidate who was so militant in her campaign without any tangible thing on ground to indicate any seriousness in the prosecution of her campaign.
“No campaign secretariat, billboard or great commitment on ground to indicate any seriousness. It is on this ground that the ACPN is withdrawing support for her presidential aspiration and endorsing the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari to take Nigeria to the next level.”