Presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (AAN), Fela Durotoye, has followed the lead of the flagbearer of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, by offering to quit the race in support of a coalition candidate.
Durotoye made the announcement on his Twitter handle, @feladurotoye, citing Ezekwesili’s example as the primary reason for his decision.
Ezekwesili had earlier today announced her decision to drop her presidential bid in order to spearhead a grand coalition to challenge the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party next month’s election.
Dorutoye’s statement reads: “I have always believed that leadership is about service and sacrifice and today, I would like to commend Dr. (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili @obyezeks for leading the charge to forming a viable coalition to presenting a Consensus Candidate for the 2019 Presidential elections.
“To ensure that an alliance is formed and we present a united front, I AM READY to come into any coalition talks with my brothers Omoyele Sowore @yelesho and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu @moghalukingsley and to submit myself to any transparent process that will help us arrive at a selection of a Consensus Candidate from amongst us.
“To be clear, if the process produces any other candidate apart from myself, I AM READY to support whoever the Consensus Candidate is and to do all I can to support the coalition to win the 2019 Presidential elections for our generation.
“Once again, I implore the frontline candidates in our generation.
“Let us come together and seize this historic window of opportunity for our generation to select one of us to go ahead of us … so that ALL OF US can come together and speak with one voice at the 2019 General Elections.
“Together, we can do the perceived impossible.
“Our generation is depending on us.
“We must not let them down.”
Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) @alliancefornewnigeria