#PresidentialDebate : Atiku apologies to Nigerians, others, leaves debate venue

By Idowu Bankole

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has apologised to for leaving the debate venue and having not participated in the ongoing presidential debate, just as he  challenged  President Buhari to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present he will e there.

“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”

“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”.

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“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”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was made known via his verified twitter handle wher he confirms his presence.

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It is unclear whether he will join the other present candidate in the course of the debate.

As at the time of filing this report, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP is still absent.

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