The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has withdrawn from the February 16 presidential election.

Reports have it that the former education minister is set to joining a coalition to wrestle power against the combined effort of both the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In a statement released early on Thursday morning, Mrs Ezekwesili said she stepped down from the election to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressive Congress and the peoples Democratic Party in the election.

When reached to confirm a statement on her withdrawal from the race to become the number one citizen of the country seen on Twitter, an aide to Ms Ezekwesili, Ozioma Ubabukoh, confirmed that the statement was genuine.

“Yes, she has withdrawn. It is true. You can run with it,” he said.

A close associate of Mrs Ezekwesili, Aisha Yusufu, also confirmed the withdrawal.

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