‘She has just destroyed the hopes of Nigeria having a female president’ – Nigerians react to Oby Ezekwesili’s decision to step down
In the early hours of today, Thursday, January 23rd, 2019, female presidential aspirant, Oby Ezekwesili announced her withdrawal from 2019 presidential race saying she has opted to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party in the February 16, 2019 election.
As expected, her decision is generating mixed reactions among Nigerians and while many applaud her decision others feel she has just dashed the hopes of Nigeria having a female president at this time.
Oby Ezekwesili bows out of Presidential Race, Madam Oby has just destroyed the hopes of Nigeria having a female president 😥😥😥
— Suzzette (@queensuzzette) January 24, 2019
Madam oby I saw this coming that why I leave you to campaign for #SoworeRufai2019
— Mohamed Salah (@Moko_polo) January 24, 2019
Do referee to anoint "3rd Force" candidate, abandon the anointed.
Enter the race less than 6 months to the election.
Exit the race less than 1 month to the election.
Madam Oby, weh done ma.
— Yemi Tula (@yemitula) January 24, 2019
So it's now that madam Oby Ezekwesili realizes she needs to form a coalition to end PDP/APC dominance?!?!?! Mschew! All of una be jokers!!!
— Rango (@ehichinski) January 24, 2019
Some people are not just going anywhere and they know this. Nice one Madam Oby.
— akpa godwin ifeanyi (@majorbigz) January 24, 2019
So Madam Oby is graduating from one self deceit and pipe dream to another, what is forming a coalition that’ll defeat the APC and PDP in next month’s election?
I personally think the ability to analyze situations and make the right decisions is a very key part of leadership
— SoulJah (@jeffphilips1) January 24, 2019
In my heart I knew this was likely going to be Madam Oby’s move all along. It is a very smart and practical move.
1. Draw lots of attention to her beliefs for the country.
2. Step aside (deep down we know she is unlikely to win as it is)…
— The Under_dog (@ILOBAA) January 24, 2019
Let me get this; first she was part of a "veritable coalition" to counter #APCPDP through PACT, then a "primary" she oversaw ended in chaos, then she rose to save the day by declaring she wanted to run & now she's stepping down to "focus on helping to build a veritable coalition" pic.twitter.com/uOxeO2D2G8
— EDWARD Israel-Ayide (@wildeyeq) January 24, 2019
Nice one Madam Oby, it's good as she accepted her fate… You can win with another angle, don't follow crowd..I respect your decision ma'am 🙌
— DADDY THE BOY (@DaddyTheBoy) January 24, 2019
Wonder the rhetoric Aisha Yesufu is going to spin now that Madam Oby has dropped out of the race. Whom will she tell the man her husband loaned money to support now.
— Erhire petr (@Erhipete) January 24, 2019
Good decision for Madam Oby to step down. Now after the elections ma, sit Moghalu, Fela and any other third force candidate and start planning for 2023 immediately. We need to kick this weird APC devils out of existence. PDP will need a serious opposition to sit up.
— No one (@ilynem) January 24, 2019