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Drama,Atiku Walks Out Of Presidential Debate,Blames Buhari’s Absence

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The long awaited Nigerian presidential debate organized by the Nigeria Election Debate Group, NEDG/BON, of five selected presidential candidates; President Mohammadu Buhari of All People’s Congress APC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party PDP, Oby Ezekwesili of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Fela Durotoye of  Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, and Dr. Kingsley Moghalu of Young Progressive Party, YPP, took place yesterday in Abuja.

The two major presidential candidates, President Mohammadu Buhari of All People’s Congress APC and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party PDP, boycotted the Election Debate.

Though, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar reportedly arrived at the venue but later walked out of the election debate, citing on his Twitter handle that its a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and also that the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation, President Mohammadu Buhari, was absent.

Read his tweets below;

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 #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.

Atiku Abubakar

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