Obiageli Ezekwesili, former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has appealed for forgiveness for withdrawing from the contest for Nigeria’ s number one seat.
Her appeal formed part of her remarks at a press conference the girl addressed on Monday afternoon.
According to the former Education Minister, the decision to step down was a “ tough but necessary” one.
On January 24, 2019, she announced her withdrawal from the race just hours before ACPN addressed a press conference endorsing the particular candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Her words: “ It has been an interesting one week since I made the tough but necessary choice to suspend my campaign for the presidency. I have been truly overwhelmed by the reactions to my announcement from Nigerians. Even in airports outside the country as I journeyed last week, Nigerians walked up to me with questions, concerns, encouragement, and motivation.
“ I also saw disappointment by some who experienced poured their hearts and hopes into actualising our mission to #Fight4Naija, bring back hope to our land and lift 80 million fellow residents out of extreme poverty.
“ I ask for the forgiveness and understanding of all who are hurt by my withdrawal from the race even while I take comfort in the fact that they would agree with my choosing to stand with my values rather than compromise.
“ Thank you to the young adults who accepted and owned our campaign, to the women – my sisters and comrades – who worked and walked with me, to every who trust and supporter from different tribes, states, religions and walks of life. ”