The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) in next year’s election, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has announced Abdulganiyu Galadima, from Kwara State, as her running mate, the party said.
Ezekwesili announced the choice while unveiling her manifesto at an interactive session with the media and party members in Ilorin, Kwara State, her campaign organisation, ‘HOPE 2019’ said today in an emailed statement.
“Galadima brings to the Hope 2019 ticket an invaluable experience at grassroots politics at the state, local government and national levels. This experience complements my incomparable competence and capacity when it comes to socio-economic and governance issues,” said Ezekwesili, a former Vice-President of World Bank.
Galadima is currently the chairman and a former presidential candidate of the ACPN. He was born in 1964, and was described by the party as a “seasoned community leader, businessman, an administrator, a political leader.” He studied Law and Public Administration at the Kwara State Polytechnic, where he also served as a member of its governing council, according to the party.
Ezekwesili has said that her party’s cardinal objectives include revolutionising the agricultural sector, investing in human capital development, and diversifying the economy. She also plans to restructure the Nigerian federal system, which has become a key issue in next year’s general elections.
“Galadima has dedicated a significant portion of his life serving Nigeria through people-centred politics at the grassroots level – from the ward to the state and at the national levels,” said Ezekwesili, a former minister of education and solid minerals.
She added that as a businessman who is chairman of major business boards, Galadima has private-sector and corporate governance experience with a market-focused, enterprise-friendly government vision.”
Like her, she said, Galadima had shown a long-standing commitment to the fight to rescue the country by standing with people of integrity, including by refusing to join questionable alliances and coalitions led and bankrolled by ruling parties in this election and in that of 2015.
Galadima assured Ezekwesili of his loyalty and promised to work towards ensuring that the team gets the people’s mandate in the 2019 general elections.