The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the withdrawal of the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, in the 2019 presidential race.
According to INEC, there is is an electoral act which stipulates that a candidate would only withdraw from the race no less than 45 days to the date of elections, The Sun reports.
Kemifilaninews had earlier reported that Oby Ezekwesili announced her withdrawal from the 2019 presidential election race. She announced her decision on Thursday, January 24.
According to her, the action is also prompted by an examination of the country’s electoral environment sequel to the 2019 presidential debate of Saturday, January 19, 2019.
“This decision followed extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days. I deem it necessary for me to focus on helping to build a veritable coalition to ensure a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the forthcoming elections,” the statement read.
After her withdrawal, her party Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) also withdrew its support for her.
Consequently, the party declared its support for President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It is no longer news that some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari lost their lives in an auto accident on their way to attend campaign events.
In reaction to the news, Buhari stated that he is deeply pained by the death of his supporters in Jigawa State.
Four persons reportedly died and six others were injured in an accident involving party supporters who were going to attend All Progressives Congress, APC campaign in Jigawa.
The President who expressed his condolences to the families of two other victims who died in a stampede in Sokoto State also assured that the sacrifices of the deceased will not be in vain.
According to the President,
"The death of any party supporter touches me because these were poor Nigerians who made sacrifices to make Nigeria a better country by identifying with my change agenda."
"I would never forget the sacrifices of these ordinary Nigerians...