The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has issued a challenge to President Buhari to a debate with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The challenge came after both candidates did not participate in the debate. Atiku had boycotted the debate after noticing the absence of the President on Saturday.
President Buhari has since explained the reason for his absence was due to his busy schedule amongst other things.
According to Daily Post, CUPP, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere said the fear of humiliation is the main reason the President refused to attend the presidential debate.
The statement reads
“The candidate of Nigerians for the election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, flew over 16 hours all the way from the United States of America and got to the venue of the debate just to keep his word to Nigerians that he was ready to debate with President Buhari only for the President to run away.
“We reiterate our earlier position that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is ready and willing to debate with President Buhari any day, any time even if President Buhari is the one that will set the questions and choose the venue.
“Our challenge will provide Nigerians the rare opportunity to assess the intellectual incapacity and verify the hollowness and lack of depth of the the president and his thought process.
“The CUPP is in support of the position of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to participate in the debate in the absence of the President who is the main challenger of Alhaji Atiku in the 2019 Presidential election.
“We await President Buhari to accept this Atiku Challenge or hide his face in shame!”