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Nigerians on Twitter react as Buhari, Atiku boycott presidential debate

According to reports, the PDP presidential candidate was at the event venue but refused to come up stage because Buhari was absent.

PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerians on Twitter are expressing their opinion on Twitter following the boycott of the presidential debate by the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari respectively.

According to reports, the PDP presidential candidate was at the event venue but refused to come up stage because Buhari was absent.

In a statement issued on Twitter, Atiku 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. 

“After all 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 apologise to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the the APC Presidential Candidates absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.

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“Secondly, with all due respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and to the moderator and with all apologies to my Fellow 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 the 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.Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Here are some reactions from Nigerians on Twitter below:

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The presidential debate is holding at the at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

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