Okorie challenges Jonathan, Buhari to debate

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The presidential candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has challenged the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) to a debate organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG).

“I invite General (Mu­hammadu) Buhari and President (Goodluck) Jona­than to join me at the newly rescheduled presidential debate on March 22, 2015, which is more important than their appearances at the Chatham House in Lon­don”, he added.

Okorie, who threw the challenge through a state­ment made available to Daily Times in Abuja and signed by the Director Gen­eral of his campaign organ­isation, Ugorji Okechukwu Ugorji, said that Nigerians were eager to watch the three leading presidential candidates’ debate on all important issues facing Ni­geria and the people.

He faulted the appear­ance of Buhari at the Cha­tham House, last week and the reported interest of Jonathan to participate in a debate with his APC counterpart on Nigeria in a foreign land, noting that the “2015 general election is about Nigeria and the people alone, the sover­eignty of the country and the supremacy of Nigerian people on their affairs must be projected and defended at all times”.

According to Okorie, “Now that General Buhari had spoken overseas and expressed himself in a pro­gressive language, that re­sembles the UPP’s agenda, I ask him to reconsider his earlier decision not to par­ticipate in debates at home. And given the unexpected extension of time for the elections, I invite Presi­dent Jonathan to join me in more debates than the one scheduled by the NEDG.”

In previous statements, in the course of the 2015 presidential campaign, the UPP candidate had expressed disappointment at the decision of Buhari not to participate in debates, and had also accepted Jona­than’s invitation to Buhari to participate in any de­bate, at a place and time of his choice.

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