APC in her governing greatness have said its presidential aspirant, President Muhammadu Buhari, may/may not go to the presidential discussion.
As indicated by the gathering, the discussion is less essential in comparison with different matters that warrant quick consideration in the nation.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday, likewise said there is nothing unique in the presidential discussion & Buhari can draw in Nigerians in other feasible choices.
The gathering which additionally said it will decide if President Buhari will go to the discussion planned for end of the week included that discussion is one of the ways through which presidential aspirants draw in people in general on their projects for the nation whenever chosed.
Talking with reporter, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the gathering’s National Publicity Secretary, said the APC will take a look at a few alternatives by which President Buhari will connect with Nigerians, including that there is no major ordeal on the believe that discussions isn’t one of such methods.
He stated, “What is special about presidential debate? Presidential debate is one of the several platforms for presidential candidates to engage with the public”.
“As a party, we will look at all the options and pick the ones that we can accommodate and those that will be impactful and effective in achieving our goals. We will be the ones to determine that. If presidential debate happens to be one of that, fine.”
“If it wasn’t, then it is no big deal. There is nothing special about any debate. It is just one of the several platforms to engage the electorate”, he said.
Likewise talking with reporter, Prince Tony Momoh, a previous Minister of Information, said however previous presidents in the nation had a fondness for not going to discusses, President Buhari ought to grab the chance to visit so he can reveal to Nigerians what he has done over the last 3 years & his programs if re-chosen.
Momoh, one of the national chiefs of the APC, likewise said President Buhari isn’t apprehensive about discussion, saying he went to past discussions held from the 2003 presidential poll until now.
“This is election period and all opportunity to explain what you have done must be taken advantage of. If for instance, the president is supposed to appear at the debate, I will advise he makes the difference by appearing.”
“The one that was organised by NTA where the president and the vice president sat down to answer questions and then attend to issues that has to do with their tenure was very beautiful. That is different from debate where they ask you questions and ask you to respond within two minutes”.
“Buhari is not afraid of presidential debate. He was present during the debate of 2003 which he attended alongside the late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, but the then President Olusegun Obasanjo did not show up. In all these debates held in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, I doubt if any sitting president showed up. Goodluck Jonathan did not show up in 2011 and 2015, Obasanjo also did not show up. Buhari, however, has shown up in all the debates. I do not think the president should also do what has happened in the past where the incumbent president and the VP didn’t show up”, he said.
President Buhari is yet to take a choice on whether he will participate or not in the discussion scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019 by the Nigeria Election Debate Group.
There has been gossip that the Vice president Yemi Osinbajo will stand in for the president, such decision which has been refused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) & larger part of Nigerians.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the president is yet to decide whether to show up at the discussion.
He said Nigerians will be briefed at the appointed time when he makes his choice known.