2019: After losing to Durotoye, Moghalu refuses to honour PACT, insists on contesting
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2019: After losing to Durotoye, Moghalu refuses to honour PACT, insists on contesting

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Presidential aspirant Kingsley Moghalu insists he will contest the 2019 presidential election despite earlier pledge to support the consensus candidate of the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT).

Earlier on Thursday, Fela Durotoye had emerged the consensus candidate of PACT, beating Moghalu by a single vote.

Following the result, Durotoye had expressed appreciation for the support, promising to represent PACT well. But Moghalu has now walked away from the agreement, claiming the outcome of the consensus candidate of PACT “left many Nigerians expressing surprise and disappointment”.

The young presidential aspirants including Moghalu came together to form a coalition to field a sole candidate for the presidential election in 2019. The candidate was elected after a two-staged voting process that saw Durotoye score 4 votes and Kingsley Moghalu, 3 Votes.

Defending his decision, Moghalu claimed dissatisfaction with the election process, citing the withdrawal of candidates as his reason for pulling out of the PACT.

“Only seven aspirants participated in the final voting out of the original 18 aspirants, mainly because many of the aspirants had withdrawn from the process.”

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He further stated that PACT did not produce a truly consensus candidate because more candidates pulled out during the voting process.

“Four candidates who were present in the meeting this morning withdrew from the process even while the voting process was ongoing.”

The list of PACT aspirants include Moghalu, Durotoye, Yele Sowore, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, Ahmed Buhari, Tope Fasua, Sina Fagbenro-Byron, Eragbe Anslem, Jaye Gaskia, Mathias Tsado, Victor Ani-Laju, Alistair Soyode, Godstime Sidney Iroabuchi, Clement Jimbo, Elishama Ideh amongst others.

The former CBN deputy governor pointed to a clause in the PACT Memorandum of Understanding that he said gives him the constitutional right to pursue his political ambition.

Moghalu concluded that he will pursue his vision in ‘deference to the overwhelming outpouring of support’ for his candidacy from all over Nigeria.

 

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