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Why I Decided Not To Participate In The Presidential Debate – Atiku Explains

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The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar exempted himself from the Presidential debate scheduled to hold today.

  • Apologises to Nigerians for his absense
  • Challenges Buhari for one on one public debate

By Ehi Ekhator

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar exempted himself from the Presidential debate scheduled to hold today.

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Atiku returned to Nigeria from the widely reported visit to the United States in order to partake in the debate organized by organisers, which include broadcasting organisations of Nigeria, listed five presidential aspirants who would take part in the debate when it kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

Fela Durotoye, Atiku Abubakar, Oby Ezekwesili, Muhammadu Buhari and Kingsley Moghalu are the five aspirants invited to take part in the debate.

However, the moderator said Atiku was in the hall but he decided at the last minute not to participate.

Explaining to his followers on his verified twitter handled, Atiku said he couldn’t participate because the President who is at the helm of affair in the country refused to participate.

He said it was not fair to attack a man in his absence, adding that it was better not to participate.

“I arrived the Congress Hall of the Hilton venue of the #2019Debate. This debate and the election is a referendum on the incumbent.

We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar cannot challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies.

“Afterall, you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence. I do not believe in attacking a man who is NOT here to defend himself.

“As a leader and former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me first apologise to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the APC Presidential Candidate’s absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.

“With respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu & to moderator Mark Sugar & with apologies to Nigerians here & at home expecting an interesting debate, I regret I will not be able to go on with this debate due to President Buhari’s absence.”

Atiku, however, challenged Buhari to choose a time and date for a debate.

“I however challenge President Buhari to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present and I will be there, hopefully with the other candidates as well. Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ” He said.

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