All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain and presidential aspirant, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a debate.
He said this in reaction to the president’s declaration to contest in 2019.
Ogbonnia noted that a debate would deepen internal democracy within the All Progressive Alliance (APC) towards effective leadership in Nigeria.
“To that end, I am looking forward to a robust debate with the president on our respective visions to lead the country”, he said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Any meaningful debate will crave for an answer on whether Nigeria wants to move backward or forward.
“The world will like to know whether Nigeria has the wisdom to emulate progressive nations and commit her future to a new generation of leaders, including the youth, who have the zeal and the competencies to cope with the demands of the 21st century or whether the country must rely on recycled politicians who have been part and parcel of national problems.
“The suffering masses are eager to know whether the region or religion of the next president is more important than electing a detribalized leader who has the messianic will to make Nigeria better for all.
“Any meaningful debate ought to consider whether Nigeria must stay the status quo or opt for a new breed politician who has the moral audacity to demonstrate consequences for bad behaviour in the country without minding whose ox is gored.
“Fellow Nigerians will be interested to learn from the debate whether the APC, as a party, would risk losing power back to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) or whether the ruling party can sagely tap on the prevailing thirst for generational change in leadership and produce a younger, visionary, and dynamic leader who has the requisite knowledge, preparations, and the capacity to unleash the abundant potential of Nigeria to greatness,” he added.