ATIKU DISAPPOINTS MILLIONS OF NIGERIANS BY REFUSING TO DEBATE WITHOUT BUHARI.
Says he is ever ready to debate on any other date with the president present as well as other candidates.
Nigerians already speculated the absence of president Muhammadu Buhari from the presidential debate, but a lot of Nigerians felt disappointed when the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic party, Aljaji Atiku Abubakar who arrived Transcorps Hilton for the program withdrew on account of Buhari’s absence.
The duo of Buhari and ATIKU were also not spared by the other three participating candidates, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu, and Fela Durotoye who verbally condemned their arrogance by staying away from the debate.
Atiku has however issued a statement to explain the reasons for his boycott.
The statement reads:
We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar can not 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. After all 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 the APC Presidential Candidates absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.
Secondly, with all due respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and to the moderator Mark Sugar and with apologies to all Nigerians here and at home expecting an interesting debate, I regret that 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.