Moghalu addresses PACT before losing out to Fela Durotoye

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and presidential candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, has pulled out from a group called Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) after the emergence of Fela Durotoye as the consensus candidate Kingsley Moghalu. Kingsley Moghalu

Moghalu said his decision was necessary because ‘PACT did not produce a truly consensus candidate.’

He also appealed for continued cooperation from his supporters noting that he is firmly in the race for presidency in the 2019 elections.

“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,” Moghalu said in a statement released on Friday.

Meanwhile Durotoye was unveiled as the consensus candidate of PACT on Thursday after the aspirants voted amongst themselves.

According to the former minister, Oby Ezekwesili, who observed the voting process, PACT adopted a two-stage voting system amongst the candidates. At the end of the vote, Fela Durotoye emerged the winner with four votes, while Kingsley Moghalu came second with three votes.

“The 2019 elections will be a referendum between our past and our future; between the same old change and a New hope, the old and the young, politics and good governance, joblessness and jobs, between politicians and nation builders and between experience and expertise.

We don’t expect it to be easy. We will be held to higher standards than the establishment, our methods & intentions scrutinized more closely to determine if we are the same old wine, repackaged in new wineskins.

We assure you that we are nothing like what our nation has experienced over the last 58 years, but we will earn your trust, and eventually, your votes,” Durotoye posted on Twitter after his emergence.

Other aspirants who attended the meeting include: Elishama Ideh, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, Ahmed Buhari, Victor Ani-Laju, Godstime Sidney Iroabuchi and Clement Jimbo.

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