Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the decision of the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, to quit the presidential race.
Ezekwesili announced her decision in a series of tweets on Thursday morning, days after she participated in the presidential debate alongside two other candidates.
She called for a coalition to defeat the two main political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – in the 2019 general election.
However, many Nigerians have taken to social media to react to Ezekwesili’s decision to quit the race.
Read comments monitored on Twitter:
Oby Ezekwesili has stepped down to help build a single coalition against the incumbents. My next preferred candidate is Kingsley Moghalu, and if all other 3rd force presidential candidates consolidate around one person, it can become significant enough to shake the status quo.
— Mark Essien (@markessien) January 24, 2019
Oby said she is stepping down to help rebuild PACT but PACT disintegrated after their election, which she supervised, to pick a coalition candidate.
Will Fela now drop his candidacy for Moghalu and vice versa? What about Sowore? What will he do?
— Nicholas Ibekwe (@nicholasibekwe) January 24, 2019
I've always said it, the easiest way to defeat this #APCPDP dominance, is only if Oby Ezekwesili , Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Moghalu and Omoyele Sowore all join forces, instead of sharing their votes amongst one another. After all, they are all in it for the progress of the nation.
— nightmares 🔥 (@naiightt) January 24, 2019
Lmao 😂… wait hol’up
Oby Ezekwesili is stepping down to build coalition???
This people don’t even have sense sha 😂😂😂
A combined Oby, Moghalu, Sowore, Fela cannot win a senate seat
— Being Human is not Enough (@realdanielemeka) January 24, 2019
Oby Ezekwesili bows out of Presidential Race, Madam Oby has just destroyed the hopes of Nigeria having a female president 😥😥😥
— Senior woman (@QSuzzette) January 24, 2019
Oby Ezekwesili has withdrawn from the presidential race. LOL
If I share my thoughts on this development, y’all will come for my head. Let me just face front 😂
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) January 24, 2019
The truth is that Oby Ezekwesili has no electoral value, she can't even win her local government. Infact, Kingsley Moghalu, Oby, Sowore and Fela can only defeat PDP & APC in a debate not on ballot
— Onyema D (@Onyema_Donald) January 24, 2019
Declare for President.
Collect donations into millions.
Refuse to campaign.
Madam Oby Ezekwesili is a yahoo boy.
— Hydra (@BrianJDennis) January 24, 2019
If 170 million Nigerians allow themselves to be fooled, trust me I'm the only person who won't be fooled. The likes of Omoyele Sowore, Oby Ezekwesili, Fela Durutoye and Kingsley Moghalu DO NOT have the interest of Nigerians at heart… THREAD #TheCandidates
— Victor B (@iamVictorB) January 23, 2019
The plan was for Buhari to miss the debate, so Oby Ezekwesili and co can make the debate about Atiku, do him dirty, discredit him, thus creating content for days for those BMC idiots.
Again, Atiku did well by missing that debate.
— The Agenda King (@Oddy4real) January 24, 2019
Oby Ezekwesili was never running election from the beginning, they are playing an hatchet job for the APC.
Let's not be fooled by this political jobbers who will always be alright no matter the electoral outcome.
Atiku is the only option for a better Nig.#GetYourPVCReady4Atiku pic.twitter.com/g9qbstgbip
— Mazi Emmanuel Eze 🇳🇬 (@MaziEmmanuelO) January 24, 2019
Where are those who didn't criticize Buhari for not attending the debate but spent hrs crying over Atiku not debating Buharists like Oby & Fela? Ya'll are undercover Buharists!
You can now vote Oby who has no campaign offices across Nigeria as president bcos she attended debate. pic.twitter.com/ycaxqQ7nPp
— Maybeks (@MayUbeku) January 24, 2019
Madam Oby just wanted to debate and disrupt the political establishment with sweet grammar.
— Shalom Miriam Shehu (@MiriamShehu) January 24, 2019
Oby chaired a mini election among the 3rd force candidates which saw Fela Durotoye emerge as the consensus Candidate of PACT.
But she declared to run for President, collected donations, refused to campaign and now she's saying she's not doing again.
Please define corruption. https://t.co/OzPhzSI385
— Parosident Spending (@TheMbuhari) January 24, 2019
Wait, let me get this straight.
Oby Ezeks was part of a pact before. Actually the referee.
Results came out and she said 'I no do again. I'm going solo'.
After going solo for a couple of months, she now says 'I no go solo again, I want pact'.
— MystiqueSyn O. (@mystiquesynn) January 24, 2019
Fintech Twitter, time for posturing is over.
In your idealism, you supported Buhari in 2015, Buhari played y’all dirty.
You’ve tried idealism with Oby & co, now you can see that they’re unserious.
Please wake up. It’s not too late. Let’s put hands together & get NG working
— A Fokken Queen 👸🏽👑 (@cremechic11) January 24, 2019
Was rooting for oby o.
Even donated to her campaign
God dey sha
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) January 24, 2019
Oby Ezekwesili steps down from presidential election🤣She was a referee for PACT before she turned to a player. Now she has retired just like Usain Bolt 😂 Politics everywhere. All of u supporting these fringe candidates ehn. U guys hv no idea behind their unrealistic ambition🚶 pic.twitter.com/HKfHIDm1Ui
— 🇨🇦 The LEGEND 🇳🇬 (@Tobinolegend) January 24, 2019