The 2019 presidential candidates debate held yesterday with candidates of the two major political parties, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, being absent.
Their absence from the debate which was attended by candidates like Kingsley Moghalu, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, has sparked a high storm on social media. With many Nigerians expressing their disappointment and anger at the ‘disrespect’.
Aldo reacting to the absence of these two major candidates from the much awaited debate, is Shehu Sani, lawmaker representing Kaduna Central, as he described the situation as very unfortunate.
The senator speaking via his Twitter handle on Saturday evening said, these two candidates command big crowds at stadiums during campaign rallies, yet have phobia for a mic and a few people, that will be present in the debate hall.
Its unfortunate and ironic that candidates who flaunt crowds of supporters in hundreds of thousands in open stadiums, have fear of a microphone and a few people in a Hall, he said.
Writing in pidgin English, he also took a swipe at the federal government, who threatened to interrogate Atiku, the moment he got back from the U.S, over his alleged involvement in the collapse of former Bank PHB – yet failed to show up for the debate, which Atiku headed straight to, upon arriving Nigeria.
He also blasted Atiku for absconding’ from the debate venue, upon sighting his co-debates, who will ready to nail him.
In his words:
Una dey call am Tif man,una don dey brag say if the man come back una go catcham,the man come back run to debate & una no show face;Him ma as he enter debate room,open curtain & see three debaters with handcuffs,he just take style do micheal jackson back slide and pick race.