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Nigeria: Top female presidential candidate quits race

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The leading female candidate for Nigeria’s presidential election in February, Obiageli Ezekwesili has announced her decision to quit the race.

In a statement the former World Bank Vice President for Africa said her decision was taken “after extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days.”

Ezekwesili however said that she will be focusing “on helping to build a Coalition for a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the 2019 general elections.”

The former Nigerian minister announced her bid for President hoping to upset the leading candidates, incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and opposition candidate, Abubakar Atiku.

But the dominance of the ruling APC and the opposition PDP makes it difficult for other independent candidates to succeed with their bids.

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“Over the past three months, I have been in private extended talks with other candidates to make a coalition possible that would allow Nigerians to exercise choice without feeling helplessly saddled with the #APCPDP,“Ezekwesili said.

Ezekwesili is also the co-founder of a group that raised awareness about the kidnapping of over 200 girls by Boko Haram in 2014.

She served in Nigeria’s government between 2000 and 2007, as minerals minister and later education minister.

How Nigerians reacted to her decision

On social media there were mixed reactions from Nigerians with some commending her.

But some thought she should not have entered the race in the first place and rather focused on building a strong coalition.




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