Ezekwesili Officially Resigns From ACPN + Read Her Full Statement
The former minister of education said she has returned ACPN membership card, its flag and all other items in her possession to the party.
She disclosed this in her speech titled: “A sacrifice for a new political order” delivered at a press conference on Monday in Abuja.
The former minister, in a charged atmosphere in Nicon Luxury Hotel, said she was wrong to believe that the party’s value aligned with hers.
Mrs. Ezekwesili also said the leadership of the party demonstrated in deeds that they did not believe in her advocacy for a cleaner politics.
She said: “Let me take a moment to address what appears to be an error of judgement that made me run on the platform of the quality of people that ACPN turned out to harbor. As you know, until I decided to run for President last October, I was not a politician but strictly a public policy expert.
“I have always believed that the brand of politics we practice in this country is perverse and unappealing to me.
“I knew that along the way I will face tests of my values, but I didn’t expect it so soon and not from the party members who had assured me privately and publicly that they were on the same page with me. In truth, our values were poles apart.
“I cannot do anything that contradicts my eternal values. For someone who was running for office with a promise to fix our politics, getting mired in the mud of transactional anti-people politics would have represented a quick fall. God forbid! I had to live my values; I had to follow my truth. And I am proud I did.
“The ACPN leadership demonstrated in deeds that they did not believe in my advocacy for a cleaner politics. They were not really interested in being a vehicle to break the bad politics championed by the #APCPDP. In fact, the ACPN leadership began to act like a junior sibling to the twin #APCPDP party.
“The only thing I now owe the ACPN is a total and immediate separation from their camp. I have earlier today returned my ACPN membership card, party flag and other paraphernalia in order to signpost my complete separation.”
Mrs. Ezekwesili explained that she withdrew from the presidential race because of the desperation of the leadership of ACPN to get money from her foreign contacts.
The former minister said she wasn’t surprised that her former party endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari few hours after she quit the presidential race.
“You all saw how they demonstrated their preferred brand of politics by endorsing the ruling APC in a classic somersault. Deceptive politics of transactions at its worst! God forbade that I should be in any way participate in such.
“Their actions last week did not surprise me one bit. My relationship with the ACPN became problematic once they faced the reality of my modest financial means that I had transparently disclosed to them from the beginning. Their mistake was that they harboured two wrong assumptions about me.
“First, they assumed that I was one of those who served in government and had a stash of looted public funds hidden somewhere to expend on the elections. When they realised that was not the case, they made a second wrong assumption by believing that I would be willing to go and obtain foreign cash to prosecute my campaign,” she said.
Mrs. Ezekwesili said her immediate commitment is to help build a coalition.
According to her, the way to continue the fight for Nigeria was for a coalition of alternatives to come together and end the poverty escalating reign of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in two weeks.
She said: “I have always advocated for credible alternatives coming together to take on the failed ruling class. You may have seen videos online where I told ACPN leaders that a coalition with other parties was the best route in this election whether I end up as the consensus candidate or not.
“My immediate commitment is to help in any way possible to build this coalition. Since the suspension of my campaign, I have taken actions to reach out to six of the key alternative candidates and sought the involvement of one of our most respected elders in getting them to the place of sacrificial leadership required to ensure a workable consensus from among them.
“Citizens wish to see them make this sacrifice, and my sincere charge to the alternatives is to do all it takes to form a coalition of the willing with one strong candidate that will bear the mandate of those who seek good governance for Nigeria.”
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