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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Buhari Absence, Reason For Atiku Not Participating In The Presidential Debate

The presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party ( PDP), Atiku Abubakar, opted out for the arranged presidential debate, scheduled tonight. 

The debate which was scheduled by 7 pm tonight, had all presidential aspirants present, except Nigerian President, Mohanmmadu Buhari. 

Atiku Abubakar, flew in from the US, present at the venue, but left as soon as it was obvious President Buhari would not attend. 

He stated his reasons thus:


"We came here for 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. 2019 Debate! 

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 apologize to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the APC presidential candidate's absence in this debate. His non-appearance is slight on ALL of us and our democracy. 

With respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and to moderator Mark Sugar and 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. 

Atiku Abubakar ".


Reacting to the development and his apologies, Nigerians stated categorically, that he should have participated, as he was not there for the president. 

But rather, to prove his worth to the people. 


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