Nigeria’s leading female candidate in the upcoming presidential election, former Education Minister Obi Ezekwesili, has withdrawn from the race.
Ezekwesili announced via Twitter this morning:
“I have decided to step down from the presidential race and focus on helping to build a coalition for a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the 2019 general”
The co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, a group to raise awareness about more than 200 girls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in 2014, said she had been in talks for three months with other candidates about a coalition.
Nigeria’s presidential election is scheduled to take place on Feb. 16. The main candidates in the race to head Africa’s top oil producing country are the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, and Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president who is representing the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).