The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) in the 2019 elections, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has reportedly pulled out of an interview with Al Jazeera at the last minute.
This was disclosed on Twitter by the host of Al Jazeera Upfront, Mehdi Hasan, on Friday.
Hasan wrote: "I had been looking forward to interviewing again, after a few years, new Nigerian presidential candidate @obyezeks for this week's @ajupfront, but she pulled out without warning at the last minute and is now refusing to do next week's show, too.
"Sorry Nigerian viewers! We tried."
Ezekwesili has been caught up in controversy the past week with her comment on homosexuality while speaking at the Chatham House in the United Kingdom causing a stir among Nigerians.
The presidential candidate had pledged to uphold the rights of homosexuals in Nigeria, a country renowned for its anti-gay stands.
However, Nigerians were not happy with her stand, since the constitution of the country had prescribed a 14-year jail term for any individual partaking in the act.
Ezekwesili was on Friday forced to clarify her statement in a post on microblogging site, Twitter.
The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls movement stated that though she does not support homosexuality, she would give everyone including gays and lesbians, equal opportunity if she is elected as President in 2019.
She wrote: “So, my response to a question at Chatham House has been misconstrued and totally taken out of context by some folks.
“Bisi Alimi asked me a question on the discrimination he suffered as a gay citizen of Nigeria. I responded that as president of Nigeria, I shall uphold the basic human rights of every Nigerian.
“This in no way equates or translates to me supporting or approving gay rights. It appears that some people are genuinely confusing constitutional rights due to everyone regardless of their social orientation as gay rights. That is not correct.”