The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that its presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, was not under any compulsion to attend the presidential debate organised under the auspices of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON).
The party also described the visit of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to the United State, as a non-issue, adding that for him to have waited for 12 years, only to sneak out like a fugitive to the US, was enough to confirm that all was not well with him.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, said Buhari did not have to explain his absence from last Saturday’s presidential debate, because there are several other platforms available to him.
He said it is an insult for anyone to expect the president to come to the level of the former vice president and others seeking power.
Onilu said, “The president doesn’t have to give any reason at all for not attending that debate. The debate is just one of the several platforms that are available for our candidate to engage with the public; we cannot exhaust all the platforms.
“So we pick the platforms that are most impactful and we are the ones in the position to determine, which platform we want to use. Debate with who? That is an insult, that the president will come debate with who?’’
He said contrary to issues being raised by the main opposition party and its candidate about the absence of the president at the debate, Buhari considers the engagement he had on that day, commissioning projects more important and rewarding.
*Photo L-R: Buhari, Atiku