The Director-General of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amaechi, has played down the significance of a presidential debate ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
The minister said a decision has not yet been reached on whether the president will debate his opponents before next year’s election or not.
While speaking during an interview on Arise News Television on Thursday, November 15, 2018, Amaechi said he made the decision for the president not to appear for the 2015 debate because it was unnecessary. It was better that Mr President spoke to Nigerians as he went on the campaign. The debate does not offer the solution,” the Minister of Transportation said.
When questioned about if the president would show up for a debate this time around, Amaechi said the president’s campaign committee will make a decision at a later date.
He added that “the campaign committee will make that decision when the time comes. We can’t make that decision now.”
Meanwhile the DG said, “I didn’t say the president won’t come. I said that when the time comes, we’ll evaluate what the issues are.”
The president took part in presidential debates in the run up to the 2007 and 2011 presidential elections which he lost, but he failed to debate ahead of the 2015 election which he won.
With early signs from the presidency indicating that he might not show up for any presidential debates again ahead of next year’s polls, many contestants have called on him to debate them.