'I Didn't Come To Sell My Programmes, But To Attack Buhari - Atiku - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

'I Didn't Come To Sell My Programmes, But To Attack Buhari - Atiku


                               • Atiku

Jane Okafor, Abuja

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) on Saturday walked out on the 2019 Presidential Debate, the organisers, co - debaters and other participants, citing absence of President Muhammadu Buhari as reason for his action.


Atiku who arrived at the debate venue where three other candidates - Oby Ezekwesili(Allied Congress Party of Nigeria), Kingsley Moghalu( Young Progressive Party) and Fela Durotoye (Alliance for New Nigeria) were in attendance but elected to turn back upon discovering that Buhari was absent.

Justifying his action, the former Vice - President who just returned from America for the debate,  however, in a statement stated that he could 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."
Atiku stated: "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 Candidate's 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."

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