Candidate for the 2019 presidential election, Prof. Kinglsey Moghalu, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a presidential debate.
While speaking during an interview on Channels Television Moghalu said “I’m inviting President Muhammadu Buhari to a debate”
When asked about the possibility of the president not granting his request, he said Buhari has no choice and cannot dodge the challenge by sending Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said he won’t accept to debate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in light of rumours that he’s been appointed to represent the president in debates.
The presidential candidate urged Nigerians to stop accepting the president’s evasion tactics and take to the streets to demand that he appears in a presidential debate with him and other candidates.
He said, “I am calling on President Buhari, I’m challenging President Buhari to a debate. And when I say President Buhari, I mean President Buhari.”
“President Buhari cannot continue to hide from the Nigerian public. It has become the track record of his governance that he’s not able to face Nigerians and explain to them his government and its policies. We only hear President Buhari talking to Nigerians from London or China, or from Germany. This is one clear demonstration of leadership failure when a leader cannot communicate with his citizens.
“I have read and seen that the APC has appointed Osinbajo to represent Muhammadu Buhari in debates. This is a fraud and I want it to be on record that it’s a political fraud and Nigerian citizens should not accept it. We must hold President Buhari accountable, we elected him as president, not Osinbajo.
“Osinbajo cannot represent Buhari in a debate about the performance of Buhari’s government. Buhari is not incapacitated; if he’s incapacitated, he should tell us.
“Where in the civilised world does a president send his vice president to represent him in debates? Only in Nigeria and Nigerians are taking this type of thing. People should rise up in the streets and demand Buhari come out and face me and other presidential candidates in a debate.
“I’m throwing the gauntlet to him. I’m throwing the gauntlet to the PDP candidate – whoever the PDP candidate will be – I’m challenging the two of them to a debate.”