The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he will only participate in the presidential debate tonite if the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari would also take part.
Mr. Abubakar said this through the Spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Kassim Afegbua.
The former vice president was reacting to the statement credited to the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay that President Buhari will not debate with political dwarfs.
He blasted Sagay, saying the erudite professor has become a turncoat academic, with the senility of his intellect attaining double jeopardy.
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. How 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?
“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.”
The debate will hold from 7pm at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The Executive Secretary of NEDG, Edidi Emesiri, had in a statement listed candidates to debate alongside Buhari as those of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Oby Ezekwesili, Alliance for New Nigeria, Fela Durotoye; Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and Young Progressives Party, Kingsley Moghalu.
The running mates of all the candidates are expected to take their turn on December 14, 2018.
Meanwhile, the Coalition for United Political Parties had on Thursday alleged that the Mr. Buhari was planning to evade the debate.