There is trouble in the Allied Congress party of Nigeria camp as their former Presidential candidate Oby Ezekwesili has fired back at them for betraying her values. She accused the party of playing politics with a transactional mindset, this she said betrayed her own personal values. After announcing on Thursday, January 24, that she has backed down from the presidential race and is now looking to forming a coalition government, her party seemed to have not taken the news well. The party’s National Chairman, Ganiyu Galadima accused her of dishonesty and said the former minister of education was using the platform to negotiate for the position of Minister of Finance with the opposition party. Galadima who also doubled as Ezekwesili’s running mate, also added that ACPN will now support President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his bid for re-election. Reacting to their allegations, Ezekwesili accused the party of “political entrepreneurship” and added that it clashes with her vision mobilize citizens to disrupt the old order politics in Nigeria. In a statement she shared today January 25, she said that: “How could I upon realizing the divergence of values and vision with the leadership of the party continue to stand on such a political platform? My abiding vision has been to mobilise citizens to disrupt the old order politics of APCPDP. “Nigeria and Nigerians deserve a New Order of ethical, competent and capable leadership. I had earlier assumed the ACPN was aligned with me to offer that until it proved otherwise. The values and vision divergence with the party was a key factor that triggered my withdrawal from the presidential race on their ticket prompting me to dissociate immediately in order to help build a coalition for Good Governance. It is why I was instant in sacrificing my candidacy to uphold my values by withdrawing. “The party’s decision to immediately today endorse the candidate of APC, which was announced by my erstwhile VP candidate who is also the Chairman of ACPN was their classic political entrepreneurship in full display for Nigerians to see. It is instructive,” she said. She said she is delighted to have dumped the party after months of waiting for its leadership to ditch its “transactional approach to politics” and commit to the elevation of new values of disruptive politics that she had desired and preached within the party. “All who know me can attest that I detest transactional mindset,” Photo Credit: Getty
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