The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has adopted Dr Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education and co-convener “Bring Back Our Girls movement”, as its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The candidacy of “Madam Due Process” as she was fondly called, was ratified at the party’s convention on Sunday in Abuja.
The party had also re-elected its incumbent National Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, and other national officers for another four years.
Speaking after her endorsement as the party’s presidential candidate and after she was presented with its flag, Ezekwesili said if voted as the country’s next president, she would ensure an all-inclusive government.
She also promised to offer equal opportunities to all Nigerians irrespective of tribe or gender.
Ezekwesili, a former Vice President of the World Bank, said the 2019 elections would be a defining moment and would provide opportunity to unite and galvanise the potentials of the country.
The 55-year-old Ezekwesili christened her campaign mantra as “Project Rescue Nigeria”.
“I bring you a message of hope, that I and millions of supporters will march in solidarity to ensure that Nigeria gets a new focused leadership in 2019,” she said.
Also speaking, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, ACPN National Chairman, said the party was out to give hope to Nigerians, adding that Ezekwesili would not let Nigerians down.
“We appreciate Ezekwesili for pitching her tent with the party and we have resolved to work with her to emancipate Nigerians,”he said.
Apart from serving in different positions during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Ezekwesili, had been at the fore front for the demand for the freedom of all kidnapped girls.