Too late to withdraw from presidential race – INEC to Nigeria’s female presidential candidate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, told, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, the female presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, that it is not possible to pull back from the February 16 presidential election at this point.

Why Not –  Withdrawal from the presidential election must be done in written application as a hard copy to INEC not later than 45 days to the decision and the course of events passed on November 17, 2018. The presidential election is 22 days away. Given the INEC’s position, Ezekwesili is still observed as the presidential candidate of the ACPN according to the law, while her party logo would show up alongside 72 others participating in the presidential race on February 16.

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman , Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, in an announcement, said November 17 was the last date for withdrawal, adding:
“It is inconceivable for any presidential contender to pull back from the race now. Ezekwesili needs Buhari to sign discretionary bill According to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Election, the most recent day for withdrawal by applicants was November 17, 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections. The due date for Ezekwesili or any applicant in that class to pull back or be supplanted has passed.”

Section 35 of the Electoral Act, which gives the due date for withdrawal from any race, expresses: “A competitor may pull back his candidature by notice in writing signed by him and conveyed without anyone else to the ideological group that selected him for the election and the ideological group will pass on such withdrawal to the Commission not later than 45 days to the race.”

Why I pulled back — Dr. Ezekwesili, in an announcement by the representative for the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organization, Ozioma Ubabukoh, yesterday morning, said she pulled back from the race from broad discourses with Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. She said the activity was a piece of her commitment towards building an alliance to defeat All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 16, 2019 race. As per her, the activity is additionally incited by an examination of the nation’s discretionary condition continuation of the 2019 presidential discussion of Saturday, January 19, 2019.

She stated:  “This decision followed extensive consultations with leaders from different backgrounds across the country over the past few days. I regard it vital for me to concentrate on building a veritable alliance to guarantee a reasonable option in contrast to the #APCPDP in the prospective races.

“It is my fervent conviction that this expansive alliance for a feasible option has now turned out to be like never before previously, an earnest mission for and for the benefit of Nigerians.

“I have, therefore, chosen to lead the way in demonstrating the much needed patriotic sacrifice for our national revival and redirection.”

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