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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Atiku Issues Valid Statement On Absence From Presidential Debate

Image may contain: 2 people, textAtiku and Buhari have been found missing from tonight's Presidential debate, which they were expected to partake in alongside 3 other candidates. Just before the national anthem was performed by Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, three other Presidential Candidates; Kingsley Moughalu, Fela Durotoye and Oby Ezekwesili were the only debaters spotted.
This is coming after Atiku who just returned from the United States, stated that he won't be participating in the Presidential debate if President Buhari who held political rallies in Niger and Plateau States today is absent. This disclosure came after Prof Itse Sagay claimed that Buhari won't be gaining anything from debating with other candidates, he described as motivational speakers.
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 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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Daniel Orji

i think this would have been a great opportunity for atiku, and i cant justify his reasons, for me....he let nigerians down!

Endy Edeson

@Orji: But Buhari's present would also motivated Atiku to raise his points

Viceroy Marquez

There's no amount of "valid" statement he will make that will justify that erotic stunt he pulled.
A fatal disappointment!

Endy Edeson

@Viceory: But he is still open for debate on another date

Osuntokun Oluwaseun David

He is not serious, is he coming there to tackle president buhari or to convince Nigerians he got what it takes to become President

Nwankwo Perfectblend Uzoma

Endy Edeson simple n short dy just lyk prof Kingsley moghalu said dy cnt answer d questions so dy shld jst hide der faces in shame n spare us those xcuses!
We r tired of dis ppl!

Creo Fredmacs

These men are jokers! They want to deceive us but now, the joke is on them.

Adetula Emmanuel Aduragbemi

The truth is most of them are the major contender, as long as buhari is not there Atiku believe others are just nothing to him. It is more like downgrading himself.
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