Why Buhari may not attend presidential debate – APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says its presidential candidate, President Buhari, may choose not to attend the 2019 presidential debate slated for Saturday January 19th if he feels there are other viable options with which he can speak to Nigerians.

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The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said this in an interview with Daily Independent. He said the APC will look at several options through which President Buhari will engage Nigerians, adding that there is no big deal if it believes debate is not one of such means.

“What is special about presidential debate? Presidential debate is one of the several platforms for presidential candidates to engage with the public. As a party, we will look at all the options and pick the ones that we can accommodate and those that will be impactful and effective in achieving our goals. We will be the ones to determine that. If presidential debate happens to be one of that, fine.

“If it wasn’t, then it is no big deal. There is nothing special about any debate. It is just one of the several platforms to engage the electorate” he said.



  1. Nigerians are asking our president to attend the debate with other contestants for us know his policies, ask questions and take decision but the APC National Publicity Secretary is saying that it is the party that will decide the viable option for their candidate. What sort of rubbish is this? In this case, Nigerians are the employer while PMB that is seeking for our vote is the employee. Does the employee choose the method the employer will use to interview him before deciding whether to give him the job or not? Anybody who is invited for the debate and is absent is not fit for the position

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