Ezekwesili denies contesting presidential election to split Atiku’s votes

Oby Ezekwesili

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Oby Ezekwesili has denied allegations that she is trying to split the vote of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar.

Mrs Ezekwesili is seen as an outsider in the presidential race who many believe would only split the votes that should go for the former vice president.

Atiku is seen as the biggest challenger to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Without mentioning his name, Ezekwesili tweeted Thursday that she was amused by the people who think she would simply split the vote of the “infamous one half of the #BuTiku.”

“Do you know the people who make me laugh the most these days? The ones who say I cannot win more than so and so number of votes & then start crying on my timeline that I want to split the vote of their infamous one half of the #BuTiku vote,” she wrote.

In successive Twitter posts, she mocked Atiku’s supporters whom she said were pretending to be “patroits who want to save Nigeria.”

She added that she was not contesting for the presidency ‘to make a statement’ but “to retire the #ButikuFamily and the dangerous #Mindset they represent for our country.”

The former education minister on Wednesday picked the chairman of her party Ganiyu Galadima as running mate for the February 2019 presidential poll.