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Ezekwesili replies ACPN, says “no iota of truth” in its “defamatory statements”

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Former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili has released a statement responding to allegations made by her party against her and its subsequent endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ezekwesili who withdrew from the race to build a coalition to defeat both the APC and the PDP, said that she had to “swiftly depart” from the party, upon realising “the divergence of values and vision with the leadership of the party”.

The party had accused Ezekwesili of entering the race to negotiate for the position of Minister of Finance in the ruling government. The party also directed that she returns its properties as well as donations made to her campaign.

Ezekwesili said there’s no iota of truth in the party’s statement, adding that she’ll hold a world press conference upon her return to the country after the Albert Einstein Genius100 Visionaries meeting she’s attending in Mexico.

Her statement, titled: “No Amount of Lies Can Stop the Emergence of a New Political Mindset and Order,” read:

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 Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (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 APCPDP.

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.

The party’s decision to immediately today endorse the candidate of APC, which was announced by my erstwhile VP candidate (Ganiyu Galadima) who is also the Chairman of ACPN was their classic political entrepreneurship in full display for Nigerians to see. It is instructive.

The party leadership’s transactional approach to politics began to manifest in their attitude following after the convention that adopted me as their presidential candidate. All who know me can attest that I detest transactional mindset. I would have none of such and therefore extremely delighted to part ways after a tumultuous three months of hoping that the ACPN leadership would elevate to the new values of disruptive politics that one had desired for and preached within the party.

As for the defamatory statements made against my person by the ACPN leadership in their malicious statement, I want Nigerians to know that there is NO IOTA of truth in any of them. Everything ACPN wrote or said of the campaign donations is fabrication and outright lies. Our campaign was conducted with the highest level of transparency and accountability with impeccable evidence. I know and can guarantee that at all times because, these standards firmly underpin my commitment to lasting values and professionalism.

Only those who desperately wish to believe falsehoods would lend any credence to such puerile accusations by the leadership of ACPN. Only those who pretend ignorance of my legendary and uncompromising passion for accountability would give heed to such baseless statement.

I have declined any interviews until my return to Nigeria upon which I shall hold a World Press Conference to engage Nigerians on the actions I shall take even as we present full report of our three-month old campaign for the 2019 presidential election to the public.

I want to again thank all who supported us in the last three months with their talent, time and treasure to run a formidable campaign. Without your support we would never have attained the height #Hope2019 achieved. You gave our Disruptive Campaign real VALUE.

We shall at the World Press Conference also provide insights into the citizens movement that we are energised and committed to build. There is no end to our zeal to end the reign of Bad Politics in our country.

Finally, take it from me that WE shall definitely build the Coalition force that will terminate the poverty escalating governance of the two dominant parties in the 2019 election.

We are citizens of Nigeria.

And we are resolved.

3 Comments

  1. Cocoa

    January 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Now this is a statement, not that childish rubbish ACPN released. They ought to be ashamed. After reading their statement i saw exactly why she had to leave them. They possess the very mindset we are trying to run away from. The ethical are few and far between sadly. But our hope will never die.

    God bless Nigeria!! Amen!!

  2. gbryte

    January 25, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    so much we don’t know… we permutate and cummutate on information. the Negativity bias in Nigeria is phenomenal.

  3. Engoz

    January 25, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    “The party leadership’s transactional approach to politics began to manifest in their attitude following after the convention that adopted me as their presidential candidate. All who know me can attest that I detest transactional mindset. I would have none of such and therefore extremely delighted to part ways after a tumultuous three months of hoping that the ACPN leadership would elevate to the new values of disruptive politics that one had desired for and preached within the party.”

    Honestly, it was a good thing the party supported Buhari. They were trying to disrepute you, but as God would have it, they ended up stabbing themselves. It clearly showed the party’s ideology is no way different from Buhari, APC and PDP. If you have core, developed principles, you won’t be swayed at the drop of a hat. Personally, that name Galadima was highly suspect in the first place.

    Nigeria has core fundamental issues in leadership, the execution of leadership, dearth in innovative ideas and the execution of ideas. Buhari, APC, PDP will never evolve or deliver on these fundamental issues. They will all FAILLLL!

    The only alternative is to build that coalition. I hope you all have all learned a lesson/learned from mistakes from the PACT. Use better quantitative metrics to determine who should lead. The democratic factor of majority carries the vote is heavily influenced by biases. To eliminate biases, please be more quantitative – debate, tests (IQ, EQ), public poll, etc

    I am not of the mentality that you guys start from ‘LG chairman’, ‘house of rep’, ‘senate’ nonsense, where you need a whole two thirds of vote to pass a bill? And some people think 2-3 people will make a difference there? Lmao! You really do think there are currently no good people in the Senate or HR today? At least presidency has executive powers. Nigerian youth should rather mobilize themselves to run for ‘LG chairman’, ‘house of rep’, ‘senate’.

    You all have done a lot putting yourselves out there despite Nigerians continuous mockery of your true intentions. It is now time for citizens who ‘claim they want change’, work with new candidates in order to achieve this monumental feat.

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