Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili, convener of Red Card Movement (RCM) has stepped aside from the leadership of the movement.
A statement issued and signed by Akubuno, one of the co-chairs, has it that; “In view of recent events in our political space and in keeping with the Red Card Movement (RCM) vision and objectives, we wish to state the following:
- RCM is an independent and apolitical movement.
- The primary objective of RCM is to end the persistent and cyclical problem of poor leadership and bad governance in Nigeria.
- RCM was convened by Dr Oby Ezekwesili, in January 2018, by issuing a Red Card to the current (APC) and previous (PDP) governments within which exists many of the ruling political class. RCM is committed to taking on the task to midwife the emergence of credible, capable and competent alternatives to these two parties.
- In October, the Convener of RCM – Dr Oby Ezekwesili and a few other leaders of the movement decided to participate in the political process, by contesting for elective office and/or being affiliated with political parties. To that effect and to avoid any conflicts of interest, they have stepped aside from membership and leadership of RCM. We are grateful for their patriotism and steady reputation of integrity.”
The statement added that; “RCM is a well-grounded citizens’ Movement with a well defined vision and mission. It will continue to execute its agreed mandate by mobilizing citizens, to collectively strengthen our democracy.”
“Our Movement shall continue with the plans to midwife the coalition of Alternatives that will produce a formidable consensus candidate that will disrupt the political space in 2019 elections. Nigeria deserves a leader who can deliver good governance to its citizens. That leader must have the Character, Competence and Capacity, to lead us to the New Nigeria of our dream.”
“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.”
“We remain resolute to work with all patriotic citizens, credible leaders, eminent Nigerians and alternative political parties to herald a visionary, youthful, dynamic, global and tech savvy leadership with character, competence & capacity.”
To that effect, the Red Card Movement (RCM) has effected some changes in the leadership of the movement following the decision of Dr. Oby Ezekwesili to step down as leader of the movement.
Subsequently, new leaders (co-chairs), Dr. Tony Akabuno and Nkiruka Omorotionmwan, have been elected to pilot the affairs of the movement.