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Oby Ezekwesili: How Fela Durotoye Emerged as PACT’s Consensus Candidate



One of the trending topics on Twitter NG was the emergence of Fela Durotoye as the consensus candidate for the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT).

Following his election, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, a member of the coalition announced that he’s still in the race, citing the supremacy of each member’s presidential pursuit, as stated in PACT’s MoU.

“The arrangement had unraveled even before the final selection of the consensus candidate. Only seven aspirants participated in the final voting out of the original 18 aspirants, mainly because many of the aspirants had withdrawn from the process,” Moghalu had said.

Former minister of education and activist Oby Ezekwesili, who was invited to be an observer as well as announce the result of the election, gave her account of how it went down on Thursday.

See below:

The PACT – Presidential Aspirants Coming Together had 13 Aspirants at their Opening today. They did inform the Media & audience in the hall, ahead of their voting process, that Yele Sowore and 4 other Aspirants had moved on at different time since they launched their initiative.

Those 13 that were there today including Kingsley Moghalu and Fela Durotoye made LOFTY STATEMENTS of their collective vision to go together& vote AMONG THEMSELVES, one Consensus Candidate. Before they signed their MOU, -2 – Ahmed Buhari & Aliyu quietly walked away leaving 11.

The 11 then finalized their MOU & SIGNED, BEFORE VOTING among themselves: Kingsley Moghalu, Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, Fela Durotoye, Sina Fagbenro-Byron, Mathias Baba Tsado, Ayodele Favor Oluwamuyiwa, Victor Ani-Laju, Godstime Sidney Iroabuchi, Clement Jimbo, Elishama Ideh, Felix Nicholas.

The 11 Presidential Aspirants in the first stage of the Process, Voted for any ONE of their 10 co-Aspirants. 2 voted for Kingsley Moghalu, 2 voted for Fela Durotoye  2 voted for Mathias Baba Tsado. 1 for Ideh 1 for Iroabuchi 1 for Ikubese 1 for Favor Olumuyiwa 1 for Fagbemi.

Thus consistent with the Process they agreed among themselves, Kingsley Moghalu – 2 votes, Fela Durotoye – 2 votes & Tsado – 2 votes qualified as the 3 top contenders for the second stage voting. They agreed that the 3 aspirants would recuse themselves for their 8 co-aspirants to Vote.

The 8 co-aspirants became 7 when Nicholas Felix quietly left but it did not stop the 3 top candidates – Kingsley Moghalu, Fela Durotoye & Tsado from continuing with the Process. So, their 7 remaining Co-Aspirants voted: Durotoye 4 Moghalu 3 & Tsado 0. They all rose & hugged. ✍?

After their claps and hugs, the now 10 Co-Aspirants of Presidential Aspirants Coming Together – PACT – left for the next floor of venue to brief the media and their guests on the OUTCOME of the Votes they cast among themselves. Only 9 ended up at that Briefing. Moghalu had left.

I was called on to present the Outcome of the Presidential Aspirants’ Voting Process that they had invited me as a “Supporter of Democratic System in Nigeria” to OBSERVE. I did and left. I subsequently saw the tweets on their PACT from Kingsley Moghalu and wondered.

As a group of new-type Presidential Aspirants who started and drove their own initiative -PACT-; agreed & signed their MOU and followed through their Process with Participation by those that Voted yesterday; I hope they can all get back together and discuss their disagreements.

I have no iota of doubt that Citizens have a STRONG HUNGER for an Alternative Political Leadership Class in our country to emerge at all levels of Elective Offices. For all those who believe they are part of that Alternative Leadership Class, Citizens shall be observing.

Photo Credit: @eienigeria


  1. by_stander

    August 31, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    When a lawyer doesn’t get their way, what could possibly go wrong?

    #Bibliography for those that are looking for it

    I don’t think people fully understand or have full grasp of these lawyers and accountants. If he had won none of you will be the wiser to the flaws of the system.

    The day people realise you will never get an objective assessment or solution from these two professions the day they will realise they can not give so much authority to them or anything they say..

    Can someone ask the guy if he knew he wanted to pursue is own political ambition, what was he doing there in the first place?

    Its not as if any lawyer or accountant can get any level of trust from me, but this guy may have shown his true colors to some people new to the game.

    I think i said this before, its only when the system is working for them, that its working. it doesn’t matter if your inalienable rights goes to shit.

  2. NG

    August 31, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Moghalu should go along irrespective of what his frustrations may be. He may feel to be better qualified etc but politics isn’t played so smoothly. In any case it should be a process that is allowed to progressively improve.

    It does not auger well to start the new experiment with such turnaround in agreements. High values and integrity are called for. Remember, it is not about where a president comes from, but how well he or she leads.

    With technology and the right will, power can transfer from the old brigade to the young blood that Fela and Kingsley represent

  3. Engoz

    August 31, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    There’s a fundamental flaw with the democratic process of majority carries the vote. This is mostly ruled by sentiments, the best don’t always win. These shouldn’t have been the process of selecting the candidate, would have preferred quantifiable metrics- like IQ tests, EQ tests, tests on logic, ethics, essay competitions, debate, etc. Then add up the points and see who has more points. This would have eliminated some biases and seem more credible. Even if Kingsley stays with the PACT as VP, we would only replicate the Buhari- Osinbajo situation.

    • didi

      August 31, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      If you say there’s a flaw in democracy then you are saying people who are being led have no right to choose who should represent them and you are also speaking against human rights. I believe leadership has little to do with the person leading but everything to do with the poeple represented. Leadership is easy when you are first accepted by the people then the personality check would follow.

    • Engoz

      September 1, 2018 at 2:29 am

      Hehehe, hear this today, it might be new to you but there is no ideology (democracy, communism, liberalism, conservatism, etc) on this earth without a fundamental flaw. And a fundamental flaw with democracy is majority does not automatically equal right. My argument is actually not to eradicate democracy but to limit the tendencies of sentimental biases. If you are looking to have the best, democracy will have to evolve using quantifiable metrics as I listed above.

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