Dumebi Kachikwu, the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Nigeria, has publicly acknowledged that there is no hope for him to win the presidential election, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 25. Despite this, Kachikwu has decided not to quit the race but instead will make a case for a Nigeria that works for everyone.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Kachikwu noted that he is forced to accept the sad reality that there is no pathway towards victory for him and his running mate, Ahmed. He went on to say that he will not quit the race, and instead, he will make a different argument, which is the case for a Nigeria that works for everyone.
Kachikwu commended the acceptance of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, by the youths, and called for a formidable partnership between the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the polls. He urged the leadership of both parties to work with other smaller parties to build a coalition that ensures a fair contest.
Kachikwu noted that any attempt to go this alone guarantees another four years for the APC. He believes that the PDP and Labour Party must find a way to work with the other smaller parties towards building a formidable coalition that ensures that the contest is even. He emphasized that to defeat the APC, there is a need for a strong alliance between all opposition parties.
Furthermore, Kachikwu expressed his belief that unless Northern Nigeria miraculously comes together in the next 24 hours to support the PDP candidate, the race looks likely to favour the APC candidate. He stressed the need for a united opposition front to defeat the incumbent government and ensure a more inclusive Nigeria that works for everyone.
Kachikwu also took the opportunity to address the issue of Igbo marginalization in Nigeria. He stated that he subscribes to the argument that the Igbo have not had a fair share in the Nigerian nation. However, he noted that most of the blame for this must go to their leaders who mostly subscribe to self and family as against building their states or region.