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Red Card Movement tweets after one month of inactivity, announces Ezekwesili’s resignation
THE Red Card Movement, citizens’ political mobilisation founded by Oby Ezekwesili, has tweeted after one month of inactivity.
“Our Convener, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has stepped aside from the membership & leadership of the RCM. This follows her decision to participate in the political process- contesting for the position of the Nigerian President. The new Co-chairs are Dr Tony Akabuno & Nkiruka Omorotionmwan,” the movement announced on Twitter.
The ICIR had earlier in a report observed that the movement had not tweeted since October 7 that Ezekwesili announced her candidacy for the 2019 presidential election.
The movement’s Twitter’s account which used to make an average of 11 tweets per day had been dormant since October 7 until yesterday that it retweeted a story about Ezekwesili’s resignation.
Ezekwesili founded the movement in January with the goal of mobilising Nigerians to vote against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections.
The movement was formally launched on April 18 in Abuja. It had a promising head-start, creating a website and social media accounts as well as launching the movement in some states. It, however, became inactive after Ezekwesili joined the presidential race.
While the Red Card Movement stopped tweeting, a new Twitter account (@RunObyRun), created after she announced her presidential candidacy, became very active and was making an average of 32 tweets per day as of October 30.
As the Red Card Movement announced new leaders, it is not clear whether it is still on course to mobilising up to 30 million Nigerians to register to vote as promised when the movement was launched.
The latest tweets by the movement pointed out that, “The RCM is a well-grounded citizens’ Movement with a well-defined vision and mission. It will continue to execute its agreed mandate by mobilising citizens, to collectively strengthen our democracy.
“We therefore urge all RCM members, to stay engaged and resist any narrative that the choice for 2019 elections is between Incompetence and Corruption. Nigeria deserves better and we must all stay committed to birthing the New Nigeria of our dream.”