Atiku storms Presidential debate venue but refuses to participate because Buhari’s absent

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 at the venue with PDP heavyweights, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said he regretted cutting short his trip to the United States to debate with Buhari.

He said, “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 helms 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 APC Presidential Candidates absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.


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