Is the Amazon the real ‘third force?’
By Nsikan Ikpe
There is growing interest in the campaign activities of Dr Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, The Difference can confirm.
Notably, some of this interest is coming from leading women figures on the continent and in the world.
Two of such demonstrations of interest have come from CNN presenter, Chritiane Amanpour and former President of Malawi, Her Excellency, Lady Joyce Banda.
While Amanpour featured her on her CNN platform, Banda has spoken glowingly of her pedigree as a development enthusiast and anti-corruption fighter.
In a tweet, she recalled:
‘While fighting corruption during my presidency in 2013, Oby Ezekwesili advised me to protect myself with a forensic audit, which United Kingdom government supported. I am forever grateful for this transparent, accountable daughter of Africa; a servant leader pushing #Nigeria #Hope2019.’
For those who have followed her public trajectory, Banda’s testimony can very easily be corroborated.
Ezekwesili, the founding Director of Transparency International in Nigeria helped establish the Due Process Office at the commencement of the Obasanjo presidency in 1888 and went on to serve in the life of that administration as Solid Minerals Minister, Education Minister and Member of the Economic management Team.
She subsequently went over to serve at the World Bank and on the board of several major organisations and businesses.
Following the kidnap of the Chibok Girls, she helped co-found the Bring Back Our Girls movement to raise awareness on their plight and pressure the federal government, the Nigerian public and the international community to continue to work towards the release of the girls and indeed other kidnapped victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.
As many as 91 political parties are registered in Nigeria but less than ten are expected to make a fairly reasonable showing in the forthcoming polls, and particularly at the peak presidential level.
Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a second term in office on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, while the former governing party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar as its presidential flagbearer.
Nigeria’s presidential polls have over the years been an essentially two-dominant party affair. The hope among several political watchers is that if candidates like Ezekwesili up their game, it could be the beginning of the disruption of the now seemingly traditional two-dominant parties political edifice.