By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a live, one-on-one debate with its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on critical sectors of our national life.
The PDP threw the challenge in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The leading opposition party said that Nigerians are aware that President Buhari has been afraid of facing its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in a general debate organized by independent bodies.
According to the statement, “For this, the PDP grants him the liberty to choose a venue, date and time convenient to him to face our candidate before a neutral panel.
“President Buhari must face Atiku Abubakar in person, as Nigerians are not ready to accept any representation, whosoever, from him. If, as a Commander-In-Chief, Mr. President cannot face a political debate, how then can he vigorously engage international competitors?
“Nigerians can now see why our nation has been under peril in the last three and half years.
“On our part, our candidate is ready to face President Buhari, one-on-one. He has his scorecard in governance and his blueprint for national rebirth; wealth creation, youth empowerment and building a prosperous nation, which has become dominant among the aspirations of Nigerians,” it said