In an apparent U-turn after participating in the election of a consensus candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential aspirant under the Young Progressive Party (YPP), has expressed dissatisfaction with Fela Durotoye's candidacy, insisting that he is still in the race.
Yesterday, Fela Durotoye emerged as the alternative candidate at the PACT meeting.
PACT (Presidential Aspirants Coming Together) is a coalition formed by certain presidential aspirants ahead of the 2019 election. Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Moghalu, and Omoyele Sowore formed this coalition as a way of building a United front for a better Nigeria.
Kingsley Moghalu made known on his Facebook page on Thursday night, while informing his supporters nationwide that he is pressing ahead with his plan to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Moghalu was among 11 presidential aspirants, who agreed to elect a consensus candidate under a coalition of Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT). He also participated in the election, and was among the top three aspirants, who tied with 2 votes each before the final round of the election, which produced Fela Durotoye as the winner.
The election, which was monitored and observed by Oby Ezekwezili, Nigeria's former Minister of Education, was conducted behind closed doors at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, on Thursday.
Moghalu, however, left the venue of the event, when Ezekwezili was about to announce the results of the election.
Making his position known, he stated that "PACT did not produce a truly consensus candidate".
Below is the full text of his statement:
I AM FIRMLY IN THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA IN 2019 - KINGSLEY MOGHALU
I wish to inform members of my "To Build A Nation" (TBAN) movement, the Kingsley Moghalu Support Organisation (KIMSO) nationwide, the Kingsley Moghalu Volunteer Force, Youth for Kingsley (Y4K), Women for Kingsley (W4K), Kingsley Moghalu Disciples, the Young Progressive Party (YPP) and my other supporters nationwide and in the diaspora that I am pressing ahead with my plan to contest the 2019 presidential election.
This is despite the arrangement for a consensus candidate among the young presidential aspirants under the aegis of Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT), which today produced an outcome that has left many Nigerians expressing surprise and disappointment.
The reasons I have pulled out of the PACT arrangement are as follows:
1. The arrangement had unravelled even before the final selection of the consensus candidate. Only seven aspirants participated in the final voting out of the original 18 aspirants, mainly because many of the aspirants had withdrawn from the process. Four candidates who were present in the meeting this morning withdrew from the process even while the voting process was ongoing. Therefore, PACT did not produce a truly consensus candidate.
2. Clause 13 of the PACT Memorandum of Understanding asserts the supremacy of the constitutional rights of the aspirants to pursue their political aspirations.
I therefore have chosen to continue without distraction to pursue my vision in the presidential race for 2019 in the national interest and in deference to the overwhelming outpouring of support for my candidacy from all parts of Nigeria.
I will remain focused on the objective of providing a competent leadership that will help unite our country and build a nation, wage a decisive war against poverty and unemployment, and restore respect for Nigeria in the society of nations. It is my humble and well-considered view that the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria requires competence and experience in these three vital areas.
Presidential Aspirant, Young Progressive Party (YPP)