The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed why he was absent from the NEDG/BON presidential debate, held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

Atiku on Saturday, January 19, took to his twitter handle to explain why he would not take part in the 2019 presidential debate.

He said: “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.

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.

As a leader and former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me first apologize to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the APC Presidential Candidate’s absence in this debate.

His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.” Secondly, with all due respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and to the moderator Mark Sugar and with apologies to all Nigerians here and at home expecting an interesting debate, I regret that I will not be able to go on with this debate due to President Buhari’s absence.

I however challenge President Buhari to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present and I will be there, hopefully with the other candidates as well. Read more:

However, Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Peoples Party (YPP); and Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), were present at the debate.