By Henry Umoru
AHEAD of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has again challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to a debate on the nation’s economy.
Atiku, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP, also yesterday extended Christmas and New Year greetings to President Goodluck Jonathan and his Campaign Organisation.
In a statement from Atiku’s Campaign Organization, ACO, the former VP said: “ACO once again restates its request and invitation for a presidential debate between President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and any other aspirant in the PDP.
“This debate should be organized by a credible organization and should be held before the party presidential primaries in the tradition of all successful democracies.
“The debate should afford the Nigerian people the right to have clear and unmistakable insights into the programme of aspirants, their mind sets, capacity and intelligence unscripted. We pledge to be available for any such debate.
“As the nation enjoys its traditional season of love and joy, the Atiku Campaign Organisation (ACO) extends its greetings to the Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation.
“For us in ACO, we see the quest of our principal’s desire to seek the Presidency of Nigeria in 2011 as one borne out of our desired hope to improve the lots of the Nigerian people through the actualisation of our five-point agenda, namely employment generation and wealth creation, power generation and infrastructural development; security, good governance and war against corruption; education, health and social services and the Niger Delta.
“Consequently, after thorough evaluation of the ongoing campaign, pronouncements by both organisations and their approved and unapproved surrogates, it is our conclusion that Nigerian people are being increasingly checkmated through denials of their rights to know what the candidates stand for through excessive misinformation being dished out daily.”