Presidential hopeful, Fela Durotoye, emerged as the consensus candidate of the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) coalition to contest in the 2019 presidential election.
Many aspirants came together one month ago to form PACT with the resolve to form a strong coalition and support a consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The candidates, Kingsley Moghalu, Yele Sowore, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, Ahmed Buhari, Tope Fasua, and Sina Fagbenro-Byron.
Others are Eragbe Anslem, Jaye Gaskia, Mathias Tsado, Victor Ani-Laju, Alistair Soyode, Godstime Sidney Iroabuchi, Clement Jimbo, and Elishama Ideh.
A month after that meeting, the coalition has presented Durotoye as its consensus candidate amid reports that aspirants such as Sowore have pulled out.
Even though the coalition started with 18 aspirants, only 13 showed up for the election on Thursday, and Moghalu and another aspirant walked out in protest before Durotoye was elected winner.
In a statement signed by Durotoye, he expressed gratitude for his emergence as the winner and urged those that have left the coalition to work with him.
His statement read, “It is with profound gratitude and great humility that I accept your nomination as the Consensus Candidate of the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT).
“I would like to honor all the members of PACT, 18 leaders, all uniquely qualified and able to represent 190 million Nigerians at the highest office in our nation; who displayed great humility; understanding that none of us can win as individuals, but by coming together as a team, we bring our unique abilities and diverse strengths to the table; but most importantly, being honorable to put the country first and themselves last. You are true nation builders and our nation owes you a great debt of gratitude.
“Today, I would like to extend a hand to those who have left our coalition and welcome those of similar ideologies who are yet to join us, we are stronger together.
“I take this nomination as a Consensus Candidate with great sense of responsibility; knowing that I and our generation have been entrusted with a mandate to show Nigerians the kind of leadership they truly desire and deserve and to inspire the hope of a better future; a New Nigeria.
“The 2019 elections will be a referendum between our past and our future; between the same old change and a New hope, the old and the young, politics and good governance, joblessness and jobs, politicians and nation builders and between experience and expertise.
“We don’t expect it to be easy. We will be held to higher standards than the establishment, our methods and conduct sscrutinized more closely to determine if we are the same old wine, repackaged in new wine skins.
“We assure you that we are nothing like what our nation has experienced over the last 58 years, but we will earn your trust, and eventually, your votes.
“I am not arrogant to claim that i have all the answers, but I am humble enough to say that I will listen to all your questions.
“And with such a great team beside me, the hopes and dreams of Nigerians before me & by the Grace of God above me, we will deliver a New Nigeria, starting on May 29th, 2019.”
Durotoye, a leadership consultant, will contest on the platform of the Alliance for a New Nigeria (ANN).