BREAKING: Atiku angrily walks out of presidential debate - 'I cannot debate if Buhari fails to show up'



The presidential candidate of People's Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Friday walked out of the Nigeria Election Debate Group, citing the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.

Atiku who arrived the venue with PDP heavyweights, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, regretted said he cut short his trip from United States to debate with Buhari.

He said, "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 Candidates 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 and with all apologies to my Fellow 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 the 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."

READ HIS TWEETS BELOW

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 pic.twitter.com/crperoO3tT
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 19, 2019


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.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 19, 2019


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.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 19, 2019


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.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 19, 2019


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.

Atiku Abubakar
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 19, 2019





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