President Muhammadu Buhari was conspicuously missing from the five candidates who were supposed to partake in the presidential debate organised by Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) today. Atiku Abubakar was present at the venue but opted out of the exercise citing the absence of Buhari.
However Buhari’s campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo, has revealed why the President was unable to attend the event.
What he said:
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who is also the APC Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming Presidential Election, President Muhammadu Buhari, could not attend the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria which held today, Saturday, January 19, 2019 for the following reasons:
Firstly, out of several opportunities afforded our candidate to interact with the Nigerian people directly by different organisations, our presidential candidate has taken full advantage of another town-hall meeting organized by another group which held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. He was also joined at that town-hall meeting by our Vice-Presidential candidate who is also the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. Nigerians from all walks of life who were physically present and through on-line platforms asked uncensored questions which were adequately answered. It was also transmitted live by various broadcast networks in Nigeria.