Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PDP challenges APC to presidential debate on national issues

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a Presidential Debate, saying President Goodluck Jonathan is ready to engage whoever emerges candidate of the opposition party  to a debate on issues in the country.

PDP, while taunting APC said that even if the opposition party fields two presidential candidates, Jonathan will defeat them.

Speaking at a pre-national convention press briefing, chairman of the publicity committee for the national convention, Olisa Metuh, declared that today's convention will elect President Jonathan as sole candidate of the party in consonance with the Electoral Act and the party's constitution.

Metuh said immediately after the emergence of its candidate they will welcome the opposition to issue based campaigns, based on manifesto and ideology, noting, "We don't expect that the campaigns will be based on lies and name calling but on Ideas."

He said, "We have a very good product to sell to Nigerians. President Goodluck Jonathan will win the 2015 presidential poll based on his popularity. We are today sending notice to the opposition party, the APC to expect a crushing defeat at the poll. In view of our confidence, preparedness and the popularity of our candidate, we declare and urge the APC to put forward its two frontline aspirants. in one pot, namely: Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku as joint presidential candidates with their collective credentials and followership to face our president, Goodluck Jonathan.

"For us in the PDP, we are certain that with the grassroot support and love we enjoy from Nigerians across board, President Goodluck jonathan will secure an emphatic victory against any presidential candidate of the APC or all the candidates put together as one."

He continued "Let us elevate the conduct of this election. We will base it on who is best for this country in terms of unity of this nation, who is best to stabilise our public policy, who is best to lead us to prosperity. On those three and other issues we will debate whoever is the candidate of APC."

He added "We will debate APC candidate on issues of unity, stability and peace of the nation."

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