GEJ to Buhari: Let’s tussle @ Chatham House
President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to a presidential debate at the Chatham House, London.
Jonathan, in a letter to Buhari through his Non-Governmental Organization, the Wind of Hope Foundation, signed by its National Coordinator, Mr. Ono Akpe, said he was ready to sponsor Buhari to participate in the debate.
Buhari had earlier rejected taking part in a debate put together for presidential candidates for the forthcoming general elections by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG), citing the composition of the body as reason for his refusal.
Jonathan said Buhari’s recent presentation at the Chatham House, London finally acknowledged the achievements of his administration in growing the nation’s economy to becoming the largest in Africa, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $510 billion and maintaining a single digit inflation regime.
Jonathan’s letter to Buhari read in part: “Your Excellency, we wish to congratulate you on your recent visit to the United Kingdom where you delivered a speech at Chatham House, London, on Thursday, February 26, 2015.
“Your speech at the event is clearly a source of motivation for your supporters who in recent times seem to have lost steam in their aggressive marketing of your candidacy for the office of President. The author of the said speech must be commended because your presentation finally acknowledged the achievements of the present government in growing our economy to be the largest in Africa, with a GDP of $510 billion and maintaining a single digit inflation regime.
“However, your actions or may we say, your party’s action with regards to the entire concept and aim of the forum, calls to question, your refusal to accede to request for a presidential debate here at home in Nigeria.
“In our quest to deepen democracy, which thrives on robust and constructive deliberations that aid the electorate in making informed decisions, Wind of Hope hereby challenges (or offers you a platform to debate) your excellency, to a debate with the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan before the forthcoming elections at Chatham House where you were so obviously at ease before your ‘supporters’ and the international media.
“We wish to state further, our readiness to fully sponsor such a forum. All we ask is that you state your preferred date and time.”
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March 2, 2015 at 8:40 am
Oga NGO coordinator, you just they find more favour with your Oga at the top. What u trying to achieve with this statement or with the debate
March 2, 2015 at 9:01 am
now i need to watch this debate to know you can and will rule this country
March 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm
ghen!!ghen!!!let the show begin….cant wait to watch…