A former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili on Monday explained that she withdrew from the race because of the desperation of the leadership of the party to get money from her foreign contacts.
She also said, she wasn’t surprised at the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the party, just hours after she quit the presidential race.
The PUNCH reported that the national chairman of ACPN and former running mate of Ezekwesili, Alhaji Gani Galadima, endorsed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress barely hours after her withdrawal from the presidential race.
She said, “You all saw how they demonstrated their preferred brand of politics by endorsing the ruling APC in a classic somersault. Deceptive politics of transactions at its worst! God forbade that I should be in any way participate in such.
“Their actions last week did not surprise me one bit. My relationship with the ACPN became problematic once they faced the reality of my modest financial means that I had transparently disclosed to them from the beginning. Their mistake was that they harboured two wrong assumptions about me.
“First, they assumed that I was one of those who served in government and had a stash of looted public funds hidden somewhere to expend on the elections. When they realized that was not the case, they made a second wrong assumption by believing that I would be willing to go and obtain foreign cash to prosecute my campaign. “