The presidential race to Aso Rock in Nigeria is changing looks and gathering new momentum. 

Dr. Obaiageli Ezekwesili, also referred to as Mama Naija, the candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ANCP), surprised Nigerians in the early hours of Thursday, January 24th when she said announced that she would now settle for a coalition.

She is the first to withdraw from the race that is just less than 23 days to go and her withdrawal is drumming up new permutations. 

They were three on the day of the presidential debate which was held some days ago and that debate gave birth to calls for a coalition. 

Dr. Ezekwesili had had series of political meetings since the debate, her spokesman, Ozioma Ubabukoh, said. 

For three days, she met with different interest groups and decided that a coalition would give other political parties a better opportunity to defeat the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar. 

Though she has not mentioned the man she will support, but the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, who was also at that debate, appears to have emerged the chosen one - this is according to sources within Madam Oby's camp.

Fela Durotoye, the third person at the debate, has also expressed his support for a coalition and may just surprise Nigerians next with a withdrawal from the race. 

The other person that is also in the race that is expected to be in the coalition plan is Omoyele Sowore, and his party has also come out to say that they are in support of a coalition. 

The man that appears to be the only one that would get the support of others in the race is Mr Moghalu, and he had previously described himself as the leader of the alternatives while he was a guest of the #60MinutesWith series on Bounce News.

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A source within Oby's camp further pointed out that Professor Moghalu has more support in the north than other candidates that are forming the alliance.

In the meantime, Nigerians continue to wait to see how things will unfold in the run up to the February 16th presidential elections.

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