Following the withdrawal of rights advocate Oby Ezekwesili from the presidential race earlier today, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will not be possible.
The electoral body says it is too late for any candidate to claim he or she is no more interested in the elections.
INEC said this in reaction to Oby Ezekwesili stepping down as presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
The 55-year-old says she is ready and willing to join forces to oust the present government and dominance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ advocate, her decision to step down from the presidential race is borne out of advice and consultations from families and friends.
The 55-year-old vowed to join a coalition which will bring about a stronger candidate and help defeat both the APC and the PDP.
The chief press secretary to the INEC Chairman Rotimi Oyekanmi said the last date for withdrawal was November 17, 2018.
“It is impossible for any presidential candidate to withdraw from the race now,” he said.
“According to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections, the last day for withdrawal by candidates or replacement of withdrawn candidates by political parties was 17th November 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
“The deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw or be replaced has passed,” the statement read.