No way out for Obiageli Ezekwesili!!!

Few days back the only female Presidential Candidate made an announcement that shocked every Nigerian , Obiageli Ezekwesili made known her intentions of ending the race to Presidency and everyone was expecting a confirmatory response from INEC.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was represented by their spokesman Mr.Rotimi Oyekanmi the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr Oyekanmi said “The deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw or be replaced has passed”.

Oyekanmi said candidates are free to withdraw their candidature but in Ezekwesili’s case the timing is the problem.

He said according to section 35 of the electoral act, “you can indicate that willingness not later than 45 days to the General Elections”.

The INEC Chairman’s spokesperson noted that in the 2019 schedule of activities, 17th of November 2018 was the last day for withdrawal or replacement of candidates.

Mr Oyekanmi further stressed that though Ezekwesili cannot be forced to participate in the election, still she cannot withdraw because that contravenes the law.

He said if she had indicated earlier, the opportunity would have been given to the party for a replacement, adding that now it is too late.

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