The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who can also be the APC Presidential Candidate within the forthcoming Presidential Election, President Muhammadu Buhari, couldn’t attend the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria which held at the moment, Saturday, January 19, 2019 for the next causes:
Firstly, out of a number of alternatives afforded our candidate to work together with the Nigerian individuals immediately by totally different organisations, our presidential candidate has taken full benefit of one other town-hall assembly organized by one other group which held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. He was additionally joined at that town-hall assembly by our Vice-Presidential candidate who can also be the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Nigerians from all walks of life who had been bodily current and thru on-line platforms requested uncensored questions which had been adequately answered. It was additionally transmitted reside by numerous broadcast networks in Nigeria.
In addition, the busy and hectic official and marketing campaign schedules of Mr. President clashed with this programme. Today, Mr. President commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port in Niger State and campaigned in Niger and Plateau States the place his time was over-stretched by the tumultuous and mammoth crowds in each States, (as seen by Nigerians on reside tv) and solely returned to Abuja late this night.
Whilst we thank the organisers for the invitation, we wish to guarantee Nigerians that we will proceed to carry these debate teams and Nigerians in excessive esteem which our candidate has demonstrated throughout previous election debates when he honoured comparable invites. Nigerians will even recall that a number of weeks in the past, our Vice-Presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, additionally attended the talk organized by the identical organisations.
Lastly, we word the assertion of the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who really got here for the occasion and left the venue when he didn’t see Mr. President, who’s our candidate. According to him, he wouldn’t wish to “attack” Mr. President in his absence.
It ought to now be apparent to Nigerians that for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, this election is all about attacking the particular person and programmes of Mr. President and never about proffering their very own options to the issues they created throughout their sixteen years of misrule, maladministration and looting of the nation’s assets. When they can’t see President Buhari to assault, the content material of their marketing campaign turns into hole, empty and “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.
Now that Atiku Abubakar had a novel alternative to clarify to Nigerians his personal imaginative and prescient and mission with no President Buhari within the image, he ran away. Afterall, he has his personal eight years of crass and grand corruption as Vice President to defend earlier than the Nigerian individuals.
On February 16, 2019 we urge Nigerians to exhibit to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, by means of their votes, how empty certainly their marketing campaign has at all times been and to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN who’ve began the rebuilding technique of our nice nation.
FESTUS KEYAMO,SAN, FCIArb (UK)
Director, Strategic Communications,
APC Presidential Campaign Council.