Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a “live, one-on-one debate” with its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on critical sectors of national life.
PDP said Buhari was at liberty to pick the venue and time of the debate if he is not afraid of Abubakar.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, he said;
“Nigerians are aware that President Buhari has been mortally afraid of facing our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in a general debate organized by independent bodies. For this, the PDP grants him the liberty to choose a venue, date and time convenient to him to face our candidate before a neutral panel.
“President Buhari must face Atiku Abubakar in person, as Nigerians are not ready to accept any representation, whosoever, from him. If, as a Commander-In-Chief, Mr President cannot face a political debate, how then can he vigorously engage international competitors?
“President Buhari must be ready to face the over 40 million Nigerians who lost their jobs and millions more whose businesses have folded up due to his incompetence and harsh economic policies. He must face the victims of human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests and arbitrary detention under his administration.
“President Buhari came to power through false promises and propaganda. Now, the day of reckoning has come and he cannot run away from his failures.
“On our part, our candidate is ready to face President Buhari, one-on-one. He has his scorecard in governance and his blueprint for national rebirth; wealth creation, youth empowerment and building a prosperous nation, which has become dominant among the aspirations of Nigerians.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are now waiting for a reply from President Buhari
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