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JUST IN: Buhari, Atiku, boycott 2019 presidential debate

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate and Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, PDP, have both shunned the presidential debate that is currently underway in Abuja.

The debates earlier scheduled for five candidates, has three candidates currently attending.

President Muhammadu Buhari was not available when the televised debate opened at 7:00 p.m. in Abuja.

Mr Abubakar’s campaign had earlier said he would not take part in the debate if President Buhari is absent. Party insiders said the former vice president feared he would be overwhelmed by the three other candidates, who are younger and more vibrant.

Mr Buhari also shunned the 2015 presidential debate when he was the main opposition contender.

Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and Fela Duro-toye are taking part in the debate, which is being aired live by stations affiliated to the broadcasting organisations of Nigeria.

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