Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is missing at the flagship 2019 presidential debate.
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP and the Buhari’s major challenger is late for the debate.
TheCable reports that Atiku made a last minute decision to boycott the debate, as advised by some members of his campaign council, seeing that his major challenger had shown signs that he will not be attending.
Some other members of his campaign team persuaded him to attend the debate, seeing it as an opportunity to market himself, and build a case against Buhari.
The former vice-president, who returned from the United States hours ago, tweeted that he will be attending the debate, which he termed a referendum on the incumbent.
“I arrived the Congress Hall of the Hilton venue of the #2019Debate. This debate and the election is a referendum on the incumbent,” Atiku tweeted.
The debate, which is hosted by Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) is currently ongoing at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.