The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who may also be the APC Presidential Candidate throughout the forthcoming Presidential Election, President Muhammadu Buhari, could not attend the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria which held in the intervening time, Saturday, January 19, 2019 for the following causes:
Firstly, out of quite a lot of options afforded our candidate to work along with the Nigerian people instantly by completely completely different organisations, our presidential candidate has taken full profit of 1 different town-hall meeting organized by one different group which held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. He was moreover joined at that town-hall meeting by our Vice-Presidential candidate who may 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 present and via on-line platforms requested uncensored questions which had been adequately answered. It was moreover transmitted reside by quite a few broadcast networks in Nigeria.
In addition, the busy and hectic official and advertising 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 every States, (as seen by Nigerians on reside television) and solely returned to Abuja late this evening.
Whilst we thank the organisers for the invitation, we want to assure Nigerians that we’ll proceed to hold these debate groups and Nigerians in extreme esteem which our candidate has demonstrated all through earlier election debates when he honoured comparable invitations. Nigerians will even recall that quite a lot of weeks previously, our Vice-Presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, moreover attended the discuss organized by the an identical organisations.
Lastly, we phrase the assertion of the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who actually received right here for the event and left the venue when he did not see Mr. President, who’s our candidate. According to him, he would not want to “attack” Mr. President in his absence.
It must now be obvious to Nigerians that for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, this election is all about attacking the actual particular person and programmes of Mr. President and by no means about proffering their very personal choices to the problems they created all through their sixteen years of misrule, maladministration and looting of the nation’s belongings. When they can not see President Buhari to assault, the content material materials of their advertising marketing campaign turns into gap, empty and “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.
Now that Atiku Abubakar had a novel different to make clear to Nigerians his private imaginative and prescient and mission with no President Buhari throughout the picture, he ran away. Afterall, he has his private eight years of crass and grand corruption as Vice President to defend sooner than the Nigerian people.
On February 16, 2019 we urge Nigerians to exhibit to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, by the use of their votes, how empty actually their advertising marketing campaign has always been and to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN who’ve started the rebuilding strategy of our good nation.
FESTUS KEYAMO,SAN, FCIArb (UK)
Director, Strategic Communications,
APC Presidential Campaign Council.