Buhari Explains Absence at Presidential Debate – Independent Observers

Buhari Explains Absence at Presidential Debate

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 President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the February 16  Election, President Muhammadu Buhari, has stated that he could  not attend the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria on Saturday, January 19, 2019 because of his hectic official and campaign schedules.

In a statement by Mr. Festus Keyamo, Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, he also explained that President Buhari has taken up several opportunities available to him to interact with the Nigerian people directly. These included a town-hall meeting organized by another group which held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 and another town-hall meeting by his Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, where they both interacted and answered questions from “Nigerians from all walks of life who were physically present and through on-line platforms asked uncensored questions.”

Keymo stated that President Buhari, on Saturday commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port in Niger State and campaigned in Niger and Plateau States where his time was over-stretched by the tumultuous and mammoth crowds in both States and only returned to Abuja late this evening.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council thanked the organisers for the invitation, and assured Nigerians that the party shall continue to hold these debate groups and Nigerians in high esteem, President Buhari has demonstrated during past election debates when he honoured similar invitations.

The statement also mocked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), for falling to participate in the Presidential Debate, even though he was earlier at the venue of the event.

It also stated that the attendance of its Vice-Presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, few weeks ago, of the Vice Presidential Debate is a testimony of such

The party urged Nigerians to on February 16, 2019 to demonstrate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, through their votes, how empty indeed their campaign has always been and to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN who have started the rebuilding process of our great nation. c

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