Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has finally decided to boycott the flagship 2019 presidential debate.
Atiku said he was boycotting the debate due to the absence of the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.
“We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar cannot challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies,” Atiku said via Twitter.
“Afterall, you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence. I do not believe in attacking a man who is NOT here to defend himself.”
While the first three candidates are currently participating in the debate, the latter two are conspicuously missing.
Buhari did not attend outright, but our reporter spotted Atiku at the venue and subsequently inside it.
However, a note was passed on to the moderator just as he was about to be introduced; the moderator therefore moved on to introduce Moghalu of YPP.
Atiku stayed in the audience for a while, but our reporter saw him leave at exactly 7:20pm.
We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar cannot challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies. #2019Debate pic.twitter.com/crperoO3tT
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 19, 2019
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