- The PDP has challenged President Buhari to a live, one-on-one debate with its candidate Atiku Abubakar
- The main opposition party says the debate will focus on critical sectors of Nigeria's national life
- The party says President Buhari is mortally afraid of facing his main challenger in next year's presidential contest
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a live, one-on-one debate with Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, November 25, by the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, the main opposition party says the debate will focus on critical sectors of Nigeria's national life.
The PDP also accused President Buhari of neglecting of Nigerian troops fighting in the northeast and reneging on his promise to “lead the fight from the front.”
Part of the statement read: “Nigerians are aware that President Buhari has been mortally afraid of facing our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in a general debate organized by independent bodies.
“For this, the PDP grants him the liberty to choose a venue, date and time convenient to him to face our candidate before a neutral panel.
“President Buhari must face Atiku Abubakar in person, as Nigerians are not ready to accept any representation, whosoever, from him.
“If, as a Commander-In-Chief, Mr President cannot face a political debate, how then can he vigorously engage international competitors?
“Nigerians can now see why our nation has been under peril in the last three and half years.”
The PDP further accused President Buhari of coming into power, “through false promises and propaganda,” adding that,“the day of reckoning has come and he cannot run away from his failures.”
“On our part, our candidate is ready to face President Buhari, one-on-one. He has his scorecard in governance and his blueprint for national rebirth; wealth creation, youth empowerment and building a prosperous nation, which has become dominant among the aspirations of Nigerians,” the statement concluded.
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Meanwhile, the former governor of Ogun state and Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (APCO), Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has stated that the joint sacrifices of Late Chief MKO Abiola and Atiku Abubakar in 1993 metamorphosed into the current stable democracy Nigeria enjoys.
Otunba Daniel made the comment while delivering the keynote address at the City People Magazine's 22nd anniversary lecture in Lagos on Saturday, November 23, tagged: Nigeria: the bumpy road to 2019.
His words: “We can not talk about the June 12 election and the mandate of Late Chief MKO Abiola without talking about the role Atiku Abubakar played in achieving that mandate.
“It is on record that for the first time in the history of Nigeria's democracy, a contending aspirant of northern extraction at that level and time, decided to step down, not for a fellow northerner but for a southerner to actualize a collective dream of a better Nigeria.”
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