The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday said there is nothing special in the presidential debate, saying its presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, may choose not to attend if he feels there are other viable options with which he can engage Nigerians.
The party which also said it will determine whether President Buhari will attend the debate scheduled for this weekend added that debate is one of the mediums through which presidential candidates engage the public on their programmes for the country if elected.
Speaking with newsmen, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said the APC will look at several options through which President Buhari will engage Nigerians, adding that there is no big deal if it believes debate is not one of such means.
He said, “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.
Also speaking, Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information, said though former presidents in the country had a penchant for not attending debates, President Buhari should seize the opportunity to attend so he can tell Nigerians what he has done in the last three years and his plans if re-elected.
Momoh, one of the national leaders of the APC, also said President Buhari is not afraid of debate, saying he attended past debates held from the 2003 presidential election until now.