#PresidentialDebate2019: Full Text Of Atiku’s Statement On Why He Boycotted Debate
It is no longer news that both President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON)
While Buhari failed to show up at the event, Atiku refused to participate because of President Buhari's absence.
Atiku was spotted outside the venue of the debate but refused to enter the debate hall.
Atiku has come out to defend his action through a press statement.
READ ATIKU's OFFICIAL STATEMENT WHY HE DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE DEBATE
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 Candidate's 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.