PDP Dares APC, Challenges Opposition To Organize Own Debate



THE ruling Peoples Democratic Party –PDP, has challenged the All Progressives Congress –APC, candidate in this month’s presidential election, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to engage President Goodluck Jonathan in a televised debate.

The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation said it would like to see Gen. Buhari take on Jonathan, who is seeking reelection, in a talk show, where the two would have the opportunity to talk about issues affecting the countries.

Director of Media and Publicity of the party, Femi Fani-Kayode said in a statement Saturday, that president Jonathan would be willing to participate even in debates organized by the opposition APC.

Fani-Kayode described APC’s decision to pull out of the debate organised by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria –BON, on grounds of alleged bias, as baseless.

He said: “The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation are interested in our candidate, President Jonathan engaging General Buhari in a robust and lively debate so that both men can speak about issues like corruption, insurgency, the fight against terrorism and the economy, all of which are areas in which Buhari has grounded his unjustifiable and mischievous attacks on our candidate.’’

The ruling party said it would welcome a debate organized by APC.

“Since the APC are not comfortable with anyone else handling and organising the debate, and since they keep alleging bias on the part of any sensible and impartial organiser, we challenge them to organise the debate themselves. As long as the debate is live and they will allow our candidate to speak his mind on all issues, without any interruption and without cutting him short, we assure them that we will attend, the statement said.

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