Oby Ezekwesili withdraws from presidential race

Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has withdrawn from the February 16 presidential election.

In a statement released early on Thursday morning, Mrs Ezekwesili said she stepped down from the election to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressive Congress and the peoples Democratic Party in the election.

An aide to Ms Ezekwesili, Ozioma Ubabukoh, also confirmed that the statement was genuine.

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“Yes, she has withdrawn. It is true. You can run with it,” he said.

A close associate of Mrs Ezekwesili, Aisha Yusufu, also confirmed the withdrawal.

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