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Sore loser – Twitter users mock Moghalu after he brushed off straw poll

Kingsley Moghalu’s integrity is open to question after he rejected a straw poll to select a consensus candidate among the presidential aspirants to challenge the candidates of the two dominant parties – All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – in the February 2019 presidential election.

Moghalu and 17 other presidential aspirants had agreed to select and support one of them for the presidential election under an arrangement they named Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT).

Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and activist who supervised the straw poll to select the consensus candidate on Thursday said some of the aspirants pulled out of the arrangement at different stages.

Ezekwesili explained that 13 aspirants were present on Thursday while five others, including Omoyele Sowore  had dumped the initiative.

She said the 13 aspirants, including Moghalu, made statements of their collective vision to go together and vote among themselves to select a consensus candidate but two aspirants left the venue, leaving only 11 aspirants.

She said the 11 remaining aspirants eventually signed agreement to abide by the outcome of the voting, adding that they participated in the first round of voting.

She said Moghalu and two other candidates qualified for the second stage of voting because they got two votes each.

Ezekwesili said they agreed that the top 3 aspirants would recuse themselves for their eight co-aspirants to vote but one of the co-aspirants, Nicholas Felix, pulled out at this stage.

She said Moghalu and the other two top contenders agreed to go ahead with the process even when Felix left.

She said after counting the final seven votes, Fela Durotoye secured  4 votes while Moghalu got three votes.


By losing the straw poll, Moghalu was supposed to drop his presidential aspiration and throw his weight behind Durotoye who emerged the consensus candidate. However, after the poll, Moghalu announced that he is still in the race to 2019 presidential election.

By rejecting the outcome of the straw poll, Moghalu, the former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, invites questions on his integrity as he signed a pact that he knew he would not honour the result if it did not favour him. Though, he said the agreement recognised the right of the aspirants to pursue their aspiration.


Now that Moghalu has chosen to go ahead with his presidential ambition, Nigerians on Twitter are asking why he participated in the straw poll till the very end but decided not to honour it.

Now that the initiative of the 18 aspirants who agreed to present a consensus candidate has failed, it appears that the winner of 2019 presidential election will be either the incumbent president or the candidate of the PDP.

 

 

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