A former minister of education and the convener of the bring Back Our Girls campaign, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has declared her ambition to run for Nigerian highest seat of power in 2019.
Ezekwesili on Sunday, October 7, said her decision to run for Nigeria's presidency followed the grievance with the despair and despondency across the country, and the failure of governance by both the ruling and opposition party in Nigeria.
She said the above made need for her declaration an urgent national movement under the platform of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
The former minister said she has spent the past few weeks engaged across the country and internationally.
She said she has fully persuaded herself personally that the one thing she hates more than politics is politicians who believe they are untouchable by citizens because of power and money.
Ezekwesili said: "This is why, today, in response to the candidates of the #ACPPDP, I have officially declared my candidacy to run as a citizen, alongside you and other citizens, for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019."
"Our message is HOPE. Our hashtag is #Hope2019.
To show that we mean business, especially as we have already started building a multi-million-person national grassroots organisation across the 36 states of Nigeria, I am announcing not as an aspirant, but as a candidate running under the flag of the ACPN (@ACPNHOPE).
Let the old order politicians of the #APCPDP be thereby put on notice that us citizens did not come here to play. We are in it to win it, for 2019," Ezekwesili added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election to emerge as its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
In the election conducted on Saturday, October 6 at the party’s convention which took place in Port Harcourt, the former vice president defeated 11 other political bigwigs in the party.
He is expected to provide stiff competition to President Muhammadu Buhari who emerged as the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate.
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