Why Atiku will not participate in presidential debate

Afegbua Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organisation (AKO), has given one condition that would make the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, participate in the 2019 election

The spokesman of Atiku campaign organisation, Kassim Afegbua, has given one condition for the PDP’s presidential candidate to attend the debate – Profesor Itse Sagay, the chairman of PACAC, was quoted to have said that that President Buhari would not debate with political dwarfs.

Afegbua, however, said Atiku would attend the debate if President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to participate in the debate Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organisation (AKO), has given one condition that would make the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, participate in the 2019 presidential debate.

The Sun reports that he said that the PDP candidate would only participate if the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, would be available for the engagement.

Afegbua gave the condition in reaction to the statement by the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, that President Buhari would not debate with political dwarfs.

He berated Sagay for making such a statement, saying the erudite professor has become a turncoat academic. He said: “When you realised that a supposed law professor like Itse Sagay now talks with tongue in cheek, you easily know that societal values and morality have become debased. 

“When you realised that he once taught in the University, then the senility of his intellect has attained double jeopardy. “Itse Sagay has not only become a turncoat academic but one whose sight invokes pity, sympathy and empathy. “can APC presidential candidate who has been fighting “battles” with his WASC consider others who are duly qualified and well read as dwarfs? Does it not suggest that something is amiss somewhere? 

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“Who is actually a dwarf here? Is it a presidential candidate running away from debate or one who is challenging the other to a debate? “Didn’t you see them packaging a phoney debate for him where he would have studied the questions and answers and regurgitate them to the best of what would have been prepared for him? “If the APC presidential candidate is not presenting himself for debate, we will not allow our presidential candidate to attend any debate. But if APC candidate is ready to engage our candidate, he is ready and prepared for him.” 

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