The Transparency International (TI) has endorsed the presidential bid of former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili.
Peter Eigen, visioner and founder of the group, stated this during his visit to Ezekwesili who is the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) on Wednesday in Lagos. He hailed her pioneering work and pointed out that she possesses the right qualifications to govern the country.
Eigen noted that Ezekwesili has become a global voice on anti- corruption over the years and also fought and demanded for transparency during the military regime, her presidential campaign organisation, Hope 2019, said in a statement emailed to the media today.
The Transparency International boss recalled Ezekwesili’s role in the innovation of TI’s Corruption Perception Index and her becoming the organisation’s global voice, putting the work of the group on the word stage.
Speaking during the visit, Ezekwesili noted that one of the challenges confronting Nigeria remains transparent leadership, and described corruption as country’s most visible problem. She assured Nigerians that her party would ensure transparency in governance.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has rubbished Wednesday’s resignation of the commissioner of energy and mineral resources in the state, Olawale Oluwo. The party said that his resignation was not new to the party because he had engaged in several anti- party activities in recent times and that the party was aware of his plans.
The former Commissioner was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who was planted to destabilise the APC, Joe Igbokwe, Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, said in a statement today.
“It has been necessary to put this in true context so as to dismiss the false and capricious insinuation that his resignation was in principled objection to the party’s last primaries. Far from it, he was only playing true to type, seeking as he had done in 2007 to reap from the primaries,” Igbokwe said.
“He has further shown that he has been a mole of the PDP and has been working to undermine the APC,” he noted. According to Igbokwe, Oluwo’s exit is a signal to other like minds who may wish to follow his trail. He said the APC’s machinery knows everyone and their inclinations.