#PresidentialDebate: Atiku Refused to Participate Due to President Buhari’s Absence
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar refused to go on with the presidential debate due to President Buhari’s absence.
While declaring his willingness not to proceed with the debate despite being at the venue, the former Vice President said he was there for a presidential debate and not that of candidates. He said he would have love to questioned President Buhari on his administration.
He however apologised to his fellow candidates, the organisers of the debate and all Nigerians for his last minute decision to back out of the most anticipated debate. He said:
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. #2019Debate
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.
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.