Debate: 'Buhari, Atiku Have Announced Their Exit From Governance' - Oby Ezekwesili  ... As Moghalu, Durotoye Say APC, PDP Have No Respect For Nigerians    - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Debate: 'Buhari, Atiku Have Announced Their Exit From Governance' - Oby Ezekwesili  ... As Moghalu, Durotoye Say APC, PDP Have No Respect For Nigerians   


Jane Okafor, Abuja

The much expected Presidential debate began in earnest on Saturday evening with candidates of the two dominant parties - President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and Alh. Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) conspicuously absent but not without reactions from candidates that were present.

The 2019 Presidential Debate is organised by the NEDG/BON and aired live on the NTA. It was monitored by The Daily Crucible.

The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria(ACPN) candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, said the absence of Buhari and Atiku from the debate meant the duo have "announced their exit from governance."

Oby who noted that she was not surprised at the absence of the "dominant parties," also added that if the affected persons and parties cared enough for the country, they would surely have put on appearances.

The Presidential hopeful, therefore, stressed that the onus is now on Nigerians to use the "moment to make a clear judgement" on who should lead them at a time they had gathered to listen to "competitive ideas" on how to take the country out of the wood.

According to her,  "it is time for a new kind of governance and  sense that our country needs to be rescued from the strangled hold of poor governance, incompetence and mediocrity."

Also,  Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria(ANN) described the absence of Buhari and Atiku at debate as an acts of "arrogance" following their conviction that millions of people watching the programme "do not have a voice and a choice," and willy - nilly, either of the two big names  would  be picked by Nigerians.

For Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Peoples Party(YPP), the absence of the dominant parties is not only an act of "arrogance " but also because the candidates of APC and PDP do not have answers to the problems of Nigeria.

"Their absence is a show of arrogance, they feel you have no voice and no choice, they believe you can't move away from them. 

"They are absent because they cannot answer the questions, recycled politicians with sense of  entitlement without record of performance. The two dominant parties,  one is a kettle the other one is a pot," Moghalu said.


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