The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari must engage in a presidential debate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The party made its position known through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who reacted to Thursday’s comment by Director General of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amaechi that he made the decision for Buhari not to debate in 2015 because it was not “necessary”.
Amaechi, who spoke with Arise News, added that the decision for Buhari to debate in the coming election would be made by the campaign committee.
However, the PDP said that the president was afraid to engage in a debate because his administration had failed.
Ologbondiyan said, “The APC and its presidential candidate are scared. If you say President Buhari should debate, what will be the basis of his debate? He has failed to fulfill the three promises he made to Nigerians in 2014/2015, so the referendum, as far as the 2019 elections is concerned, is the failure of President Buhari in office and they don’t want PDP to speak on that.
“We are not surprised that they are laying the foundation of running away. But Nigerians want to hear from anybody who desires to be their president in 2019.
“They want to listen to what such a candidate has to offer and what he is bringing to the table and what difference he will make. So, if President Buhari comes to debate, will he talk about his taxation? Or the grinding economic condition of our nation or the hunger he has plunged Nigerians into?
“Is he going to talk about the incompetence of his administration? But we will drag them to the debate.
“Our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has been accepted across boards by Nigerians and he will emerge victorious.”