Ezekwesili Garners 7,223 Votes Despite Withdrawing Ambition
The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and a former Minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, who had earlier announced her withdrawal from the 2019 presidential race, citing lack of support for her vision by the party leadership polled a total of 7, 223 votes despite her withdrawal.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, while announcing the results
early on Wednesday in Abuja said Buhari of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his main challenger, Alhaji
Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who scored
The ACPN leadership headed by Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Galadima immediately refuted Ezekwesili’s claims, saying that the former minister was rather pursuing a personal agenda and was never serious about her ambition.
INEC had also said Ezewkwesili’s withdrawal had come too late and that it was not possible for the commission to substitute her name on the presidential list.
In spite of that, Ezekwesili did not reverse her decision as she suspended all her campaign activities.
A total of 73 candidates contested the 2019 presidential election which held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.