President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo says the president is not running away from political debate.
Keyamo said the president will only participate if he is convinced that the circumstances and rules for such debate are pertinent.
This follows after the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged Buhari to a political debate with their presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abukar on critical sectors ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
The Campaign Spokesman further accused the opposition party of being notorious for evading debate.
He said past leaders, Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan evaded debate during their time.
Keyamo said: “ First of all, let me say that the PDP has been in the habit of running away from political debates. So they should not come and tell us that they are some kind of super human who wants to debate at all times.
“Obasanjo ran away from debate, Jonathan ran away from debate during their time, so PDP has a history of running away from debates.”
The Buhari campaign Spokesmen further explained that contrary to the insinuations being made by the PDP, the office was yet to receive the formal invitation for a debate ahead of the 2019, adding that it would always assess the circumstances behind any debate before accepting to or rejecting it.
Keyamo also said that at the moment his office was yet to receive formal invitation to the debate but that he will check with the office of the Director General of the Campaign Organisation to know if the organisers have sent such invitation.
According to Keyamo, the PDP is trying to claim what it does represent based on its antecedents.
“They should not come and deceive Nigerians that they are the debaters, they are not the debaters. At the right time we will let them know, when we know all the circumstances surrounding the debate whether we will accede and not.
“By the time we know how the debate is being organised and the rules of the debate, then we will let Nigerians know whether we will debate or not.
“At the moment he said that the campaign office does not know the details of the presidential debate, adding that it will take a decision on whether to participate or not after studying the rules.”