The presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Fela Durotoye, has said he is ready to sacrifice his ambition to ensure a coalition candidate emerges in the presidential election.
Backstory: Durotoye issued a statement on Thursday, Jan. 24, commending the sacrifice of the former minister, Oby Ezekwesili, who had earlier announced her withdrawal from the race.
He said: “I have always believed that leadership is about service and sacrifice and today, I would like to commend Dr. (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili for leading the charge to form a viable coalition to presenting a consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential elections.”
“To ensure that an alliance is formed and we present a united front, I am ready to come into any coalition talks with my brothers, Omoyele Sowore, and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, and to submit myself to any transparent process that will help us arrive at a selection of a consensus candidate from amongst us.”
Durotoye emphasized his commitment to a coalition candidate by stating that “if the process produces any other candidate apart from myself, I am ready to support whoever the consensus candidate is and to do all I can to support the coalition to win the 2019 presidential elections for our generation.”
Bottom Line: The problem is that the two other men Durotoye is reaching out to are the two people least eager to step down for anyone if they fail to emerge as the consensus candidate. Prevailing on any of them to step down would be a tall order, but we will see.