Moghalu, Ezekwesili blast Buhari, Atiku for shunning debate
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu and the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria(ACPN)Obiageli Ezekwesili slammed president Muhammadu Buhari and the opposition People’s Democratic Party candidate Atiku Abubakar for shunning the 2019 presidential debate.
Moghalu said he is “surprised that the leaders of the APC and the PDP have decided to turn their back on the people of Nigeria and tell them finally, they never amounted to much in their eyes.”
“The reason why they are not here: one is arrogance. They believe the people of Nigeria have no voice and no choice. They believe that you cannot move away from them.”
“They believe they have trapped you, they have kept you in bondage for over too long and it is now time for us to send them a message. The second reason why they are not here is because they cannot answer the questions.
“Very simple, very straight-forward. They belong to the old class of recycled politicians who want to come to power with a sense of entitlement.”
While the Ezekwesili said Buhari and Abubakar actions has just simply announced their exit from the governance of Nigeria.
“I think it is important for us to acknowledge that there is a political class that needs to fade away from our country because the idea that the will of the people will be subordinated to the whims and caprices of our politicians should be a total anomaly,” she added.
Ezekwesili further stated that “as we in this country focus on the ideas that will develop our country if the two dominant parties cared about the Nigerian people, they would come here in order to have a contest of ideas on how we would fix Nigeria.”
“I must let you know that for the Nigerian people, this is a moment to make a clear judgment as to whether we are connected to the issues that matter to the Nigerian people,” she affirmed.
Abubakar and Buhari shunned the presidential debate which was held at Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The duo alongside other candidates were expected to state their plans and intentions to Nigerians if they are voted in the forthcoming election.
A spokesman for Buhari’s campaign team said the president’s busy schedule precluded from participating in the debate.
“The busy and hectic official and campaign schedules of Mr. President clashed with this programme,” Festus Keyamo said.
But it is not surprising that the president missed the debate. In 2015 as a candidate, he failed to show up at a similar event.
Abubakar said he shunned the presidential debate because Buhari who is “at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies.”
He,however, challenged the president to fix a time convenient for him to have a face off which might also include other candidates.
Also present at the debate is the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria, Fela Durotoye.
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