The presidential candidate of Young Progressives Party, YPP, Kingsley Moghalu, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a public debate ahead of the 2019 elections.
Moghalu said he had read about the plan by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to field the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo for the presidential debate, describing such move as fraudulent.
He said Buhari should stop hiding and come out for a debate, not speaking to Nigerians from London, China and other foreign countries.
YPP presidential candidate, while speaking with Vanguard, also advised Osinbajo to debate with his fellow vice presidential candidates not with aspiring presidents.
He said, “I am using this forum to challenge President Buhari to a debate. And when I say President Buhari, I mean President Buhari.
“I do not mean Vice President Osinbajo. Osinbajo should debate with vice presidential candidates.
“President Buhari cannot continue to hide from the Nigerian public.
“It has become the track record of his governance that he is not able to face Nigerians and explain to them his government and its policies.
“We only hear President Buhari talking to Nigerians from London or China or from Germany.
“This is leadership failure. This is one clear demonstration of leadership failure when a leader cannot communicate with his citizens.
“I have read and seen that the APC has appointed Osinbajo to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential debate.
“This is fraudulent. I want it to be on record that it is a political fraud and Nigerian citizens should not accept it.
“We must hold President Buhari accountable. We elected him as President. We did not elect Osinbajo as President.
“Osinbajo cannot represent Buhari in a debate about the performance of Buhari’s government. Buhari is not incapacitated, if he is incapacitated, he should tell us.
“Where in the civilized world does a President send his Vice President to represent him in debates? Where in the civilized world does it happen?
“Only in Nigeria and Nigerians are accepting this type of thing? People should rise up and demand Buhari to come out and face me and other presidential candidates in a debate.”