Nigeria’s former minister of education and co-founder of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ BBOG movement, Oby Ezekwesili, has on Sunday emerged the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria.
Thus she will be joining the growing number of candidates aiming to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
While declaring Ezekwesili winner at convention of the party at Alexis hotel, Abuja, the party’s chairman, Ganiu Galadima stressed that ACPN’s decision to pick Ezekwesili as the flag bearer is due to her being the best among the current presidential candidate.
In her acceptance speech, Ezekwesili berated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration saying that in recent times, instead of making progress, the country is experiencing failure and on the verge of economic downturn.
While urging citizens to support her presidential bid, Ezekwesili noted that the time for Nigerians to act is now.
“Enough is now enough; we have decided that Nigeria will no longer accept a leadership of mediocres, which has kept it down and allowed wanton and senseless waste of innocent lives”
“I bring a message of hope to you, that I and millions of supporters will march in solidarity to ensure that Nigeria gets a new and focused leadership in 2019”, she said.
Ezekwesili is popularly known for leading the BBOG movement in Nigeria which has been demanding the release of all girls kidnapped and held captive by the Boko Haram terror group.
She served in different capacities in former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration and was once a vice president of the World Bank.