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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) explains that he could not participating in the presidential debate in spite of being at the venue.

Atiku explains that he came back from the US to attend the debate and challenges Buhari to pick a date, time and venue for the presidential debate. He also tenders his apologies to other candidates and the nation.

“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.

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“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’’

“He is not here to defend that record. So, who am I going to debate with? If he is on his way, when he comes, I will come back. In any case, I will have an opportunity to address Nigerians because there are other interviews in the plan. I came back from the US to participate in this debate but the President is not here,” Atiku said.

“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.’’


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