Is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki insinuating that President Muhammadu Buhari is afraid of debate?

They have called on the president to rise up to the challenge of a debate thrown at him by the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

Atiku, after he had been introduced by Secondus to the members of the PDP National Executive Committee during the 83rd PDP NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday, challenged Buhari to a national debate for the two of them to explain to Nigerians their programmes and policies.

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Secondus, who also spoke on the occasion, agreed that President Buhari should debate with the PDP presidential candidate.

He said, “We challenge President Buhari to come out and debate and tell the people what he wants to do. He should not use proxy. Let him debate on issues with our candidate. 

"Let him come out and debate. Politics is about engagement and persuasion and not by intimidation and arm-twisting. We have the best candidate in the country today and he is free and ready to debate on issues. We will not accept debate by proxy. If you want to rule Nigeria, come out and tell the people what you intend to do.”

Also, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, asked Buhari to debate with Atiku.

He lamented the economic challenges of the country, adding that Buhari, who he said had been incapable of running the country well should give way to Atiku who he said would offer better governance.

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