Presidential Debate: APC shielding Buhari’s intellectual laziness — PDP

Nigerian President,Muhammadu Buhari in a Presidential campaign rally in 2015

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation said on Friday that the decision by the All Progressives Congress [APC] not to participate in the presidential debate being organized by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) is simply to shield from Nigerians and the international audience its candidate, Muhammadu Buhari’s intellectual laziness.

It also alleged that it was also meant to hide Mr. Buhari’s inability to constructively engage on contemporary national issues in a live television and radio debate.

The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation had announced Thursday that its candidate would not participate in the debate organised by BON because the organisers are supporters of the PDP.

In a statement by the organisation’s Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Fani-Kayode, the organisation said APC knew that its candidate would flunk it if he was subjected to the rigours of debate on issues of national governance and development.

The PDP campaign organisation said it was aware that the APC had already expressed its concerns when approached by an international news channel for a debate, about the intellectual acumen of Mr.Buhari, and had assured the news channel that it was only comfortable with its vice presidential candidate, Yemi Osinbajo, who has capacity to feature brilliantly on the programme.

“We have just read a report in the media credited to the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation that the party would not allow its candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, to participate in the radio and television presidential debate organized by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON,” the statement said.

“The APC accused the organisers of the debate of unhidden bias and campaign of calumny by some key organisers of the programme against the corporate political interest of the party and its candidates.

“Whilst we will not bother ourselves with the many reasons adduced by the APC, we wish to state that we see the APC’s decision as an attempt to shield its presidential candidate from displaying his intellectual laziness and inability to constructively engage contemporary national issues in a live television and radio debate.”

“We had envisaged that the APC would be reluctant to expose Mr. Buhari to the rigours of a live television debate because the opposition party knows that its candidate will flunk it. If the APC truly believes that it is ‘a party of progressive intellectuals’, as it claims it should allow General Buhari to prove that at the debate.”

The organisation said if the APC failed to participate in the debate, it would also show the disdain both the party and its candidate have for the Nigerian people.

It said the opposition would have denied Nigerians the opportunity to make informed choices on the basis of what each candidate will articulate as propositions on issues that will be raised.

It said, “We are convinced that General Buhari does not have what it takes to sustain a coherent argument on germane issues of governance and development.

“We challenge General Buhari to a debate on any national and international medium of mass communication and our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, will be ready to participate.

“On the other hand, President Jonathan’s running mate, Vice President Namadi Sambo, is also ready to participate in the debate and any other debate.

“Our presidential candidate and his running mate will not raise flimsy and escapist excuses such as “unhidden bias” and the like, since we believe that they are well-rounded intellectuals who have been prepared by their experience in office to answer any question under the sun on the governance of our nation.”

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Chekwas Okorie, has pleaded with Mr. Buhari to reconsider his decision not to attend the debate.

“The news that the APC presidential candidate, General Buhari, will not participate in the scheduled debates is a great disappointment,” Mr. Okorie said in a statement Friday.

The UPP flag-bearer said he was looking forward to the debate because “the match-up was consistent with independent poling around the country that identified President Jonathan’s PDP, General Buhari’s APC, and Chief Okorie’s UPP as the three most serious contenders in the highly anticipated general elections to choose Nigeria’s next president for a four-year term.”

He therefore said he did not find the rationale given by the APC for withdrawing from the debates convincing.

Mr Okorie added, “My Vice Presidential candidate, Barrister Bello Umar (SAN) and I are ready for the debates. I urge my compatriot, General Buhari, to reject his advisors’ voices and show up for the debates. That is what the nation and the international community expect of him.”


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  • Factual

    SO THAT’S WHY JONATHAN DIDN’T ATTEND THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN 2001 BECAUSE OF HIS INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS. ISSUELESS CAMPAIGN STRATEGY BY PDPigs.

    • Maitama Tambari

      Factual has spoken our minds, Nigerians. In 2011 President Jonathan refused for debate because of weakness which was pronounced to all of us during the four years reign. This debate is tailored to malinger instead to add value to the election as watched, seen and heard from Femi Fani Kayode illiteracy attacked on GMB, from certificate to forged health report to death wish by Ekiti Governor. AIT, NTA, and other media are coerced into submission by the PDP. We have heard and seen GMB speaking and believed in the message come 14/2/15 to decide. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

    • DESTINY,

      2001??? Jonathan was not président by That time You this OLEKU OTONDO .

      • Frank

        That’s what is called ‘INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS’!!
        LOL!!!!

        • Labaran Maku

          Yah! That’s what it is called. When a President avoids addressing AU summit in Addis Ababa. What a disgrace!

      • Factual

        2011.

        • Wähala

          Hahaha… a direct boot into his anus!

  • KAZEEM

    You all are liars. How do you expet GMB to attend a debate by AIT when they just finished maligning his character? A debate filled with innuendo when GEJ set the questions?i never expected him to attend when you are not comig with clean hands. Eyin ole wonyi. U these thieves.

  • Philex

    Nobody should take what Fani-Kayode says about Buhari seriously because he has described Jonathan in even less complementary terms. Less than a year ago, this is what FFK said about President Jonathan:
    “A President who is as CONFUSED and as CLUELESS as the comic character called Chancey Gardner in the celebrated 1970’s Peter Seller’s Hollywood blockbuster titled ‘Being There’. A President who does not understand the meaning of the word ”class” or ”honesty” and who breaks his own word consistently.”

    So for Buhari, I would say it is a complete waste of intellectual energy to engage in any kind of public debate with the kind of person that FFK described above.

    • Dumbo

      Thumbs up

    • PROF

      Buhari is as good as a 419er. When you fraudulently make your way to the top this is what you get . A stack illiterate avoiding debate.

  • Wähala

    If JoDumbo is intellectually astute let him debate or accept questions from ordinary Nigerians on his campaign rally stops. The same NTA & AIT that propagated so much falsehood against Buhari cannot be part of a fair and unbiased debate. Besides, PDP goons on the panel will sneak Dumbo the questions (Expo) to both candidates ahead of time thus, providing Dumbo with undue advantage. Let Jona go debate the other Presidential candidates and field questions from the viewing audience if FFK is not high on whatever, and talking from all corners of his mangled mind… debate no be by force. Afterall, Dumbo debated alone in 2011, let him do so again and Nigerians won’t be swayed from their determination for Change.

    • DESTINY,

      Nigérians are not fools if You dont have what to say pls keep silence.we cant vote for a président who Is not ready to answer question about out future.

      • Wähala

        Had Dumbo answered questions about your future in 2011 we won’t be where we are today. Let him go there with the other candidates and answer direct questions from Nigerians without those PDP goons in the panel. Nigerians are not all fools like you, it’s a cheap set up to malign the person of Buhari as they’ve been doing unsuccessfully. Go-sitdon!

    • PROF

      Buhari is scared ,at least now we know that he is a stack illiterate.qwaraptian!

      • endingNaija

        This sabitifikate is the real thing. It is the most important thing in this election. eh cerbtifikate, e eh eh eh sabitifikate, we must see the original. If you do not present your sabitifikate, there is no debate-period!

        • VOTEoutGEJ!

          What a hollow brain!! No job, no electricity, no security, massive corruption, decaying infrastructure and you want Nigerians to loose their focus over a 54yr old confirmed Cambridge WASC result

  • hard truth

    This is the prelude of APC government that will not be answerable or accountable to nigerians. I was undecided before but now I have a confirmation of whom to vote.

    • Baba Messi

      My brother, I respect these APC minions here sha! They will make excuses for Buhari no matter how dumb and obvious!
      Excuses for lack of certificate!
      Excuses for fear of debate!
      Excuses for condoning corruption in PTF!
      Excuses for insensitive comments!
      For crying out loud, they will at this rate make excuses for him if he makes passes at their wives!
      Hypocrites..all of them!

  • Yusuf

    If Buhari could debate with intellectuals like Ribadu and Shekarau then debating a completely dumb and clueless man with nothing on his scorecard will be very tantalizing; although Buhari’s weakest point here would likely be the irritation of trivial lies and denials from Jonathan; it is like Real Madrid playing lobi stars

    • Wähala

      Lobi Stars indeed… Hahaha che !!!
      Respect!

      • Januzi Omar

        Hahaha! Chei!
        I get the joke! So, Grandpa Buhari na Lobi stars ko!
        Brilliant!
        Respect!

        • Wähala

          Grandpa was there in 2011… Lobi Star’s captain failed to show up.
          Oldpa has since hanged his boots to allow young & upcoming players field time.
          Ask Lobi Stars Dumbo to play with his mates as Grandpa has other commitments to attend to.
          Kapisch?

          • Januzi Omar

            ‘other commitments’ more important than letting the electorate view for themselves if Buhari has it in him to move the nation forward??
            Wahala, this is not worth arguing over..let Buhari attend..if he’s too scared, it’s not the end of the world. Truth is, objective Nigerians would have loved to see him perform live..not some written speech with others ideas.
            No need for ‘dogon Turenci’!

          • Wähala

            You’re a pfool to expect him to attend anything organized by AIT that has spent untold hours ridiculing his person and character. The Director-General of NTA, Shola Omale, works for this PDP government. C’mon man! It’s people like you who force me to use bad language. Do you have brains or agidi in your skull? Buhari was there in 2011 so, it’s not logical to say he has any reason to avoid the debate this year other than to respect himself and avoid being insulted by a clown Nigerians have soundly rejected. To prove my point and test NEDG’s sincerity, let Dr. Dumbo field questions directly from Nigerians if they’re sure they haven’t given him the questns forehand. Go-sitdon jare!

    • kamal Kamoru

      So why is he running four-forty??
      LWKM!

      • Wähala

        Same reason Dumbo ben-johnsoned in 2011… LWKM!

        • kamal Kamoru

          That was then bro..THIS IS NOW!
          ROTFL!!!

          • Wähala

            What has changed since then?
            After the lengthy AIT disparaging documentary of lies, only fools in the presidency and renorats like yourself would expect the APC to present him for more personal attacks. From forging health reports to claims that he collapsed, from stealing copies of his academic credentials to claims he forged WAEC results… have the PDP been engaging in campaign of calumny or not? See why I insist some people must be banned from thinking? People like FFK and your deceitful self must stop thinking out loud… because you fools of yourselves thus, making the international community think Nigerians are all fools.

          • kamal Kamoru

            The international community will be scandalized at a presidential candidate that is too scared to tell those he intends to lead what he has in store for them!
            No need grandstanding bros..buhari dey fear. He has other qualities..but eloquence is certainly not one! It’s not a crime..he just doesn’t have that!

          • endingNaija

            Junk and garbage. Bring your sabitifikate to the International Community!!!

          • Wähala

            Dumbo forgot his script in Lagos in their last rally, his ADC came to his rescue by whispering words into his drunken ears… that’s who they want Höly Wähala to believe will appear for a debate without expo. Awon Didinrin!

          • endingNaija

            Holy Wahala you don come again!!! You want to bury these Goodluck Jonathan people finally!!! Why are you exposing their secrets in public? Anyway, thanks my brother. God Bless you and your family now and forever. Eternal and divine blessings of God to you and your family-This CHANGE is irreversible. Thanks a lot for the info!

          • Wähala

            Wallahi, na true…
            Go watch’m for U-tube see if I dey lie…
            Sha… May God’s Blessings Be Upon You and your Loved Ones, Amioo!

          • Wähala

            The international community were so embarrassed watching your Ph.Dumbo struggle to answer questions on CNN by Christine Amanpour, Aisha Sousay etc. He lacks class, was incoherent, inarticulate, and outright rude by jumping in-between his interviewers’ sentences. Didn’t you watch him in their rally in Lagos only days ago? His ADC was even reminding him what to say because he simply forgot because the teleprompters failed. The man na olodo repete, admit it or Go to Hell !!!

          • Hard truth

            Aisha “sousay” are you kidding me?

  • Baba Messi

    Hahahahaha! These APC e-zombies sha! See them battle with all their might to make lame excuses for the Ex-Coupist!
    THIS IS DEMOCRACY! NO SHORTCUT THRU THE BARREL OF A GUN! BUHARI SHOULD COME TELL US WHAT HE KNOWS..NOT SOME SPEECH WRITTEN FOR HIM BY OSINBAJO!
    NO GIRAFFE METHOD HERE! FACE ME I FACE YOU!
    SHOW US CERTIFICATE..EXCUSES!
    COME DEBATE..EXCUSES!!

    ““We had envisaged that the APC would be reluctant to expose Mr. Buhari to the rigours of a live television debate because the opposition party knows that its candidate will flunk it.”
    FLUNK IT THE WAY HE FLUNKED MATHS IN HIS TORONTO RESULTS!
    Hahaha!
    HOPE THE CLOWNS SEE WHO WILL BE DEBATING D’BANJ NOW??
    Baba Methuselah, Park well!
    I dey LaffooooO!!!!!!!

  • felix

    PLS APC DONT RESPOND 2 FANI KAYODE DIS MAN HAS NO CREDIBLITY LEFT HES FINISHED

    • kick ’em out

      He really doesn’t have.

      • D1

        Lol!

  • endingNaija

    I am going to take this on headlong and demolish the garbage and fraud as usual in Femi Fanikayode. He is well known for his attention seeking flippancy and political merchandising. My primary belief is that our primary job as CHANGE AGENTS is on the Nigerian streets to pound and campaign for change for Buhari/Osinbajo; to count the number of doors we have knocked for change, for Buhari/Osinbajo. It is a grassroots thing and NOT an online chit chat talk talk thing. But when jobbers -like Femi Fanikayode come up online to talk gibberish, we come back to knock as one of the Chief tormentors of his Oil paymaster-Mr. Goodluck Jonathan who is headed back to Otuoke where he came by the special grace of God. Once in a while, we will come here and demolish the garbage Femi Fanikayode and the PDP spew- posts they plant in the Nigerian newspapers and television houses, in the so-called debate with the help of their 20 Billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan Campaign. So which BON are people talking about? My first question is :which debate? Mr. Goodluck Jonathan destroyed all national institutions-from the security institutions to the judicial institutions to religious institutions and to social institutions using his partisanship and fraudulently accumulated oil money-the criminal oil money he accumulated through his minions. Goodluck Jonathan and his minions destroyed these institutions bribing them with a record level war chest -his 20 Billion Naira Campaign money- a 20 Billion Naira Goodluck Campaign Fund close to the annual budgets of some west African countries! Goodluck Jonathan and PDP have used OIL money to compromise and destroy these national institutions in Nigeria.

    He and his people do this thinking that we Nigerians are not KEEPING CLOSE WATCH of their calculations. We do.

    So our first question to those talking about an arrangee BON
    debate is which silly debate is PDP/BON talking about? PDP, Jonathan
    Goodluck and political jobbers like Femi Fanikayode should know by now that APC and
    Mr. Buhari’s candidacy especially are backed by some of the
    finest scholars and minds ever in the history of Nigeria. Please check
    the quality of the Buhari campaign and the articulation of issues which is
    indicative that we are just not ready to live with another four years of
    Goodluck Jonathan destruction of the Nigerian state. You could see that
    in the quality of the articulation of issues both by APC and Buhari compared to
    the verbiage, verbosity and abuse from PDP and Mr. Jonathan. The so-called BON debate is beneath intellectual and moral contempt. That is precisely how we in the CHANGE movement see it-period. We Nigerian
    people, scholars , progressive intellectuals, and active online and on the street supporters of
    the Buhari CHANGE treat the dubious BON debate with intellectual scorn
    and contempt because we ask that if the PDP and President
    Jonathan could DESTROY and CORRUPT the Nigerian Military and
    Nigerian Security apparatus the way they have done, what would they not do to
    ordinary BON and its officials who do not wield any weapon? Just throw
    some crumbs of OIL MONEY to the so-called BON there and then they start
    manipulating for PDP/Mr. Jonathan. One example that trashes and thrashes
    the dubious PDP/Jonathan sponsored BON debate will rest the issue
    finally. Here is it: Marilyn Orgar the SSS spokesperson said anyone who
    threatens the nation towards the election WILL BE ARRESTED. The Ijaw
    terrorists MET INSIDE BAYELSA STATE GOVT STATE HOUSE AT THE PROMPTING OF KNOWN
    AND OBVIOUS SPONSORS TO SAY THERE WILL BE WAR IF THEIR CANDIDATE MR.
    GOODLUCK JONATHAN LOSES THE ELECTION. Marilyn Orgar of SSS must have
    forgotten what she said after hearing and reading the threat from the SPONSORED
    Ijaw terrorists. The SSS is yet to even invite the Ijaw
    terrorists-Boyloaf-Tompolo and Dokubo-asari. So? The BLUNT TRUTH is that
    BON is CONTROLLED by PDP and Mr. Jonathan through his 20billion Naira GOODLUCK
    JONATHAN CAMPAIGN FUND. The APC boycott is legitimate, moral, sound and
    valid. Mr. Goodluck Jonathan has used his PARTISANSHIP to destroy ALL NATIONAL
    INSTITUTIONS. And the so-called BON debate is one of these. Mr.
    Jonathan should have learned better HOW NOT to destroy, corrupt and compromise
    our national institutions as he has done. If Mr. Jonathan did not and had not
    destroyed our national institutions then a BON will be perceived as a NIGERIAN
    institution OWNED by Nigerians and responsible to Nigerians and not an
    institution OWNED presently by Mr. Goodluck Jonathan and his presidency and responsible
    to him. Mr. Goodluck Jonathan has used his OIL MONEY to destroy all our
    national institutions (including BON) through his stinking partisanship.
    Let him eat his BON and debate himself. The real peoples’ debate goes on on
    Nigerian streets. And Goodluck Jonathan and his handlers know this. Away with
    your stinking, PDP programmed (programmed via the 20 Billion Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Fund), useless, sponsored BON debate. Goodluck Jonathan should
    meet us among Nigerian people on the streets for the real debates and at
    the polls on FeBUHARI 14th 2015. Though there is no more next time for Goodluck Jonathan. But Goodluck Jonathan should learn how NOT to destroy national institutions. Having destroyed all of them as a result of his desperation to get re-elected, let him debate himself !!! I think you have OIL MONEY with which you bought them-eh eh sit there and debate yourself “phd” man!!! The verdict is out. We made our point. Nigerians are debating Goodluck Jonathan’s SIX YEAR failure on the streets. Those are where the uncensored debates are taking place. Join us there. We CHANGE AGENTS are firmly rooted on the streets. We only come here to see what is going on -the garbage spewed again after the dead certificate one!!! and thrash and trash it. Peace Love Unity always. One People, Once Country, Under same smiling, loving and Kind God. Sai Buhari oyoyo!!! Dis thing dey pain dis Goodluck Jonathan people too much!!!!

    • kamal Kamoru

      This loooong epistle for yur oga to dodge debate??
      All this turenci to excuse him to go debate d’banj??
      The jokes on u pal!
      Hahahaha!!!

      • endingNaija

        I have told you that the real issues are on the streets, the real debate is on the Nigerian streets. We leave the streets to come here online to do the usual chit chat, talk talk once in a while to demolish the garbage Goodluck Jonathan paid Media Team post and we go back to the real campign on the streets. So? Face the facts I dumped on your face. If you cannot then keep quiet and get off. Respond to them if you can. I still have some time to deal with any of you before i go back to the real campaign on the street among the good Nigerian people-not this online stuff which we use to prevent fraudulent people from misleading Nigerians. So respond to the facts I threw on your faces-Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Fraud.

        • kamal Kamoru

          Bros, calm down..e dey pain you say yur oga tear race abi?
          Listen, you have made your point on Buhari’s behalf..others have spoken on GEJ’S behalf..but guess what;
          TIME TO HEAR FROM THE HORSES MOUTH!!!

          • endingNaija

            ol boy na wa o. you have to bring your “Phd” sabirikate in animal care first- make I nak your head small!!! But we want more of the sabirikate talk. Why now? Nigerian voters don answer you 4 dat one? Me? I just laugh small here be4 I go!!! I don scatter una!!!

    • Awarawa

      Abeg, Mr. Man allow Buhari to come for the debate and stop your ranting. This is unlike the AIT online pool where you janjaweeds used robots to vote 600 votes in 1 minute! Show your certificate, you guys have a ready excuse, come for debate, another excuse. If you are this afraid of GEJ and your candidate go about with federal police, use federal airport, federal roads, etc, how he is afraid of BON when most private stations are part of the organizers. The only reason is that your expired product is intellectually lazy and an empty head…

      • endingNaija

        After I dumped the facts on you and you cannot answer I have some time for my usual humoring of you Goodluck Jonathan Online Fraudulent people, o ya let us go eh hm , your 20 Billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Chop is working -right? Give me your Goodluck Jonathan “Phd” sabirikate before you talk!!!

        • Fatai Fehintola

          i suggest you request for his thesis instead! You may wish to refer to Segun Ayobolu’s article in the Nation of Saturday, 31 Jan. 2015 for their cv. Thanks!

    • Tanimu

      What a queer fellow you are?
      Your principal is scared stiff of a debate and you say ‘e dey pain goodluck people’??
      The only thing I see that will pain them here is missing the opportunity of seeing Jonathan whitewash and disgrace your man!
      Why are you guys so dishonest?? Osinbajo/GEJ might be a mismatch..BUT BUHARI/GEJ WILL BE A WALKOVER!

      • endingNaija

        You are still getting your payment -right? Next time tell Goodluck Jonathan NOT to buy our national institutions with his OIL Money. Let him sit down with those he already paid and “debate” them-okay!!! I go laaaafu taya- e dey pain una!!! I am happy you all read my usual epistle!!! e don pepper una. Bring it on baby. I still have some time!!!

        • Tanimu

          Hahaha! No no no no my friend! This is not about ‘bringing it on’! I don’t have time to ‘debate’ with you. It’s not about you and I friend..ITS ABOUT PAPA BUHARI TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR A CHANGE AND SHOWING UP!

          • endingNaija

            I am saying you should show your sabirikate before we debate or are you tired-next junk?

      • endingNaija

        eh eh eh eh eh eh ehe bring your certificate. I am reminding you of one of your flawed campaign strategy “Phd” man . We dealt a big BLOW on that with all our punches. okay. Next PDP/Goodluck Jonathan garbage from the junk?

      • No 2 Terrorism

        GEJ did nt attain 2011 debate yet he became president. Buhari wil attend a debate organised by PDP agents. Let a neutral body organised & Buhari will attend. Y is it dis debate thing is hurting PDP? After all dia oda contestants, only Buhari cannot stop dem frm carrying out the debate. Or is dia any hidden agenda dat non appearance of Buhari will make dem not to achieve?

  • GMB in the 2011 elections did participate in the Presidential debate GEJ avoided it.Why should he participate now in a PDP doctored debate just like the AIT poll scam when the electoral momentum favours him.

  • endingNaija

    Anymore Goodluck Jonathan paid garbage before I leave? I have some more time.

  • Etomi

    Debates of this nature should be a must not a choice…
    Buhari disappoints!!!!

    • endingNaija

      No it is the sabitifikate “SAGA” that is more important than the debate!!!!!

    • Wähala

      Go to court to compel Buhari to attend your stage-managed charade!

    • Rommel

      I heard president Jonathan has been cramming the answers to the debate questions? how did he manage to get them?

      • Collins

        You are quack, imagine what you are saying in a public/global domain like ths, even if is stage managed as been claimed, “it doesn’t bare your articulation as some one that would want to rule a whole nation . You went for an exam and cos there is a circulation of expo which you did not receive therefore you wouldn’t write the exam .
        For God’s sake “What is happening in Nigeria every one is thinking backward, what kind of country is ths”

      • checkmate

        Let him cram them. I am sure he cannot remember them in the debate. Don’t you see how he struggles to remember what he was told to say at PDPigs’ rallies. Hear him in their rally in Lagos “I will create an unemployment for the youth” – Gej.

    • esibo

      Will a debate change anything rigging will do?

  • endingNaija

    Are you Femi Fanikayode PDP Goodluck Jonathan paid people tired? We have time to humor you before we go back to the real campaign. Please post some more paid junk from your cybercafes, so that we check and see the ones to respond to before we leave. But read our LONG EPISTLE for a guide before you -Goodluck Jonathan paid agents post-otherwise we will ask you for your sabitifikate which is the most important thing NOW NOW NOW!!! I just chuckle small!

  • Rommel

    Intellectual dishonesty is part of the PDP,in the last election,Buhari was among those that debated,same goes all the presidential debates that Nigeria has had in this dispensation,the PDP on the other hand have been dodging,in 2011,it should be recalled that every other presidential candidate participated in a debate except president Jonathan who shamelessly appeared alone in a kangaroo arrangement to debate with himself.Now that the PDP has agreed to debate,is it not fair to assume that they have coached president Jonathan on the answers so why should any well meaning Nigerian take this debate seriously? the PDP tampered with contents of general Buhari’s file and turned round to accuse the man of not having certificate,the PDP forged email from Cambridge to support their baseless allegations? who in his right senses will follow the PDP,I am in support of the APC withdrawal unless we can be sure that president Jonathan has not bee doing revision with the questions

    • endingNaija

      gbam ! gbam!! Gbam!!! gbosa !!! Gbam!!! What can I add again? Nothing. I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to add. God Bless you eternally!!! Peace and Love!!!

    • tom

      Romney intellectual dishonesty is also the trAdemark of apc who a ‘re made up of criminals and defectors from pdp but claim to represent change, who claim jonathan has spent 6 years when he was sworn in on the 6th may 2010 and has thus spent 4 years and 8 months. Both parties are guilty of lies

  • PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

    .QUESTION..: Mr Buhari, you are very much welcome to the 2015 Presidential debate
    BOKOHARI.. : Thank you very much…but pls learn to refer to me as General Bokohari or Imam Bokohari. Ok?
    QUESTION.. : Ok! To start with, how old exactly are you? Bcos @ 80+ you don’t have a single white hair
    BOKOHARI.. : Look my prend, I am simply younger than Robert…As for the white hair, I use concentrated dye thrice per week.
    QUESTION.. : But why? Getting old is a gracious thing?
    BOKOHARI.. : Yes!…but these PDP people can use that against me. They are very dangerous you know…
    QUESTION…: Oh I see. Now let’s address a burning issue. Your certificates…where are they? Where is your certificate?
    BOKOHARI.. : Look my prend, Walahii I can spill blood here in the studio if you go there again…pls move to the next question.
    QUESTION.. : What’s your position on Boko haram?
    BOKOHARI.. : I have said it before, and I say it again, Imam Shekau is a good man. FG shud grant him amnesty like the Niger Delta fighters…he should get the same treatment

    QUESTION.. : But Mr Bokohari, oh sorry! General Bokohari, Shekau has killed too many & destroyed so much
    BOKOHARI.. : Who told you that lie? The streets are not soaked with blood yet.
    QUESTION.. : What is your position on Sharia…the cutting of limbs as punishment etc etc
    BOKOHARI.. : Let the Muslims bother about that. Is it your limbs that are cut? Let the muslims whose limbs are cut bother and not you.
    QUESTION.. : You arrested Fela bcos he sang a song that you did not like. You asked that he be beaten and thrown into jail. Do you regret that action?

    BOKOHARI.. : No. Not at all. My only regret is that I did not punish him well enough
    QUESTION.. : Gen Bokohari, just to test your mathematical skills, kindly tell us the answer to this question: 11 + 11 = ?
    BOKOHARI.. : Oh…that’s a simple one. The answer is 1111.
    QUESTION ..: Ladies & Gentlemen, may we now take a commercial break. The General’s answer has made our transmitters to begin to overheat. We’ll be back in a moment….

    • Frank

      Hahahahahhahahaha!!!
      Haba! Haba! Haba!!!!!!

    • endingNaija

      Do you have sabtifikate? eh eh o ya go and bring the original before we can debate. eh eh eh you do not have Phd, I have Phd, but my Phd is in dog and pig care! eh eh this is forgery ooooo. This is perjury. We must get a forensic examination of the original . No I will jump. yes I will sit down . I will eat, I cant eat, I will sleep , eh I cant sleep . Now I will … oh oh yes this sabitifikate “SAGA” in this election. eh cambridge , eh school cert o ya now. hm hm where is the photocopy? eh eh eh is affidavit a legal document? eh eh eh eh this election we will not have it if you do not have sabitifikate ehe small boys who Food For Kayode(FFK-Femi Fanikayode) deceived. Food dey finis small small now? where una go go?

      • Concerned

        Childish – making fun of people’s accents is for the playground

        • endingNaija

          Oh you missed that “Concerned” Read all my posts. I am humoring the PDP Thugs! Read closely! I am throwing their garbage and what they said a week ago at their faces. Re-read all my posts and see where I stand on this!!! But I understand how you might have missed my point. No problem. God Bless you. Peace, Unity and Love always. Sai Buhari oyoyo

          • Concerned

            🙂 – but you could use your time more effectively reminding people of the consequences of continuing misrule by the PDP.
            The time for humour will come when the desired change is actualised!

          • Otile

            You are advising and imbecile with no common sense at all. He may delude himself thinking he is making sense. Each time some one does not praise his god buhari is insults the person in his native Yoruba precious phrase dear to them: omo ale meaning basta*d. Go through garbage comments you will see these gibberish phrases over and over again. Pathetic.

    • Concerned

      How silly can you get?

      • IK

        Where is the certificate?

        • Concerned

          Those searching for the certificate should go find it!

    • Princewill

      This is sufficient tonic for the evening.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      Wasting your life just like GEJ wasting Nigeria’s time!! Grow up, the time you spent writing these gibberish is gone forever

    • Grace Georgewill

      It is unfortunate that our youths have failed to understand what it means to have a sustainable democracy. No matter what the politicians promise you the truth is there would be the rich there would also be the poor. And the only freedom democracy has given the poor which the rich also has is the right to choose its leader. I can tell you the poor would loose that power too, if you and I don’t strengthen the opposition (APC). If we miss it now, this is the likely picture. Nigeria would be under PDP (one party) for the next 20 years because you would have whittled down the power of any opposition party and the only party would be PDP and as such the poor has no choice, the masses have no choice. Whatever PDP gives us we would take. And remember PDP did not promise you they would give you a south president after 4years in fact from the zoning plans in PDP it would still go to the north. US, Uk has two strong parties, South Africa is doing well why can’t we do it in Nigeria. 4years can help us strengthen our democracy in Nigeria such that we the masses can have a choice to choose our leaders and there would be competitions among the parties to please us, so they can be voted in again. Please don’t be blinded by ethnicity and religion vote to sustain our democracy. If we miss it now, No young person would deny himself govt patronage to be nurturing a strong opposition. Be wise or we would regret it. It is not about Jonathan or Buhari it is about giving the masses the choice and the power to choose their leaders God help us.
      If you are a management student you would know that strategic planning is usually for a period of ten years to achieve your plans, this is outside your quick wins. PDP has been in power for 16 years which of their major plans have been completed. After 16 years PDP is still talking about restructuring yet Nigerians can’t change to see if another party has something to offer. be wise.central African republic is in chaos, Zimbabwe is in comatose because of this one party system people like you are unknowingly imposing on yourselves. Our problem is we are individual using politics. Pdp is PDP and not Jonathan and they have been there for 16 years. The progress is very very slow because they share the money among themselves first before they think of infractures or building the nation. So think wisely my fellow nigerian. Jonathan has never attended any public debate. We have all heard him speak. Obasanjo isn’t more coordinated than him. They all the same. We need you to vote to strengthen the power of the masses to choose. Real elections starts in 2020 when we can choose between two strong parties based on performance. In economics competition brings growth.

  • Concerned

    Someone should shield the Nation from PDP’s lack of intellect and reliance on regurgitating the same old tired lines!

  • henry angelo

    How do you expect someone that couldn’t pass his waec to engage in an argument with a PhD holder.,is not fair… but why can’t he know his limit, the days of coup is gone.he should quietly respect himself and go get a bed in old people’s home cos he have nothing to offer

    • Factual

      That’s why we saw the Mr. “PhD” holder running away from the debate in 2011.

    • Grace Georgewill

      It is unfortunate that our youths have failed to understand what it means to have a sustainable democracy. No matter what the politicians promise you the truth is there would be the rich there would also be the poor. And the only freedom democracy has given the poor which the rich also has is the right to choose its leader. I can tell you the poor would loose that power too, if you and I don’t strengthen the opposition (APC). If we miss it now, this is the likely picture. Nigeria would be under PDP (one party) for the next 20 years because you would have whittled down the power of any opposition party and the only party would be PDP and as such the poor has no choice, the masses have no choice. Whatever PDP gives us we would take. And remember PDP did not promise you they would give you a south president after 4years in fact from the zoning plans in PDP it would still go to the north. US, Uk has two strong parties, South Africa is doing well why can’t we do it in Nigeria. 4years can help us strengthen our democracy in Nigeria such that we the masses can have a choice to choose our leaders and there would be competitions among the parties to please us, so they can be voted in again. Please don’t be blinded by ethnicity and religion vote to sustain our democracy. If we miss it now, No young person would deny himself govt patronage to be nurturing a strong opposition. Be wise or we would regret it. It is not about Jonathan or Buhari it is about giving the masses the choice and the power to choose their leaders God help us.
      If you are a management student you would know that strategic planning is usually for a period of ten years to achieve your plans, this is outside your quick wins. PDP has been in power for 16 years which of their major plans have been completed. After 16 years PDP is still talking about restructuring yet Nigerians can’t change to see if another party has something to offer. be wise.central African republic is in chaos, Zimbabwe is in comatose because of this one party system people like you are unknowingly imposing on yourselves. Our problem is we are individual using politics. Pdp is PDP and not Jonathan and they have been there for 16 years. The progress is very very slow because they share the money among themselves first before they think of infractures or building the nation. So think wisely my fellow nigerian. Jonathan has never attended any public debate. We have all heard him speak. Obasanjo isn’t more coordinated than him. They all the same. We need you to vote to strengthen the power of the masses to choose. Real elections starts in 2020 when we can choose between two strong parties based on performance. In economics competition brings growth.

  • Ola Onanugaola

    Let me just tell you, my problem with Fani-Kayode is that he is the most inconsistent Yoruba politician that we have in Nigeria. He’s the ‘jeun jeun’ kind of politician, he moves by the current. I will not be surprised if tomorrow the good people of Nigeria decide Buhari should be the president and he won that election, he will criticise Goodluck Jonathan as the worst president Nigeria has ever had. So, for you people that are taking Fani-Kayode serious, I don’t take Fani-Kayode serious. I don’t see him as a politician of substance. He knows how to make noise. What has Fani-Kayode been able to electorally change in this country? —- Former Kogi State Acting Governor Clarence Olafemi

    • Betty

      You described a typical Yoruba man.

    • Dele Morgan Osakwe

      A true description of a complete yoruba man, Very good of you keep it up

  • Dunamis

    Gbam, gbamer, gbamest… it goes way beyond his intellectual laziness, Nigerians. would v easily seen beyond his facades. Go GEJ till 20weneva he’s ready to leave

  • UNAFFECTED

    The one remarkable benefit of this race for presidential office is that it has exposed the quality and quantity of the individuals who have the opportunity to handle state affairs. It is a real eye opener and gives a clear explanation to why this country is stuck in the mud. Minus the controversy about the partiality and conduct of the individual members of the debate organizing group, the presidential debate, which is a borrowed tradition from the United States is not constitutionally mandated. The APC has every right to pull out because the organzers have shown a bias towards debates that will be full of charades and devoid of substance and the party has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the Nigerian public. Let Jonathan go ahead and debate the other candidates or Joseph Yobo or Fiberesima or himself. I will not endorse Buhari’s participation in a debate organized by people who have given Jonathan unprecedented control over the proceedings – control of the selection of questions, the composition of the audience and other issues.

    • FortB

      PDP has thrown the challenge for APC to pick any other international body to moderate the debate. Are you for that?

    • esibo

      quality and quantity of the individuals?

      • UNAFFECTED

        Yes. In considering basic political dynamics and the action of varying class of individuals, we find that they mostly get more power but are less efficient in using that power to meaningful ends.

  • dd

    pdp is now telling you to choose any international media of your choice and let the granpa show his prowess. unless they will discuss about jihadiiii bokohari will never come

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    From no certificate, to intellectual laziness. With all the Phd holder around GEJ, what development have we seen in terms of security and infrastructure?

    • Dele Morgan Osakwe

      The blind cannot see, so you need a miracle to restore your eyes and sense of reasoning

  • FortB

    Now that APC will not be participating in the debate, can APC members on this forum help us with some clarification here? This will help those of us undecided voters to make up our minds.

    Having seen what the ruling party has achieved and neglected undone so far, please can anyone tell us what the problem with the following are and how an APC government will solve them:

    1. Problem with the Police and solution
    2. Problem with corruption and how APC will solve it. (Remember we are in a democracy where ther is separation of power. So military decree will not work now).
    3. Problem with electric power and the solution
    4. Problem with the military inability to confront BH and the solution
    5. Problem with the economy and the solution
    6. Bloated government and how to solve it
    7. Foreign policy thrust.
    8. Excessive budget for National Assembly
    9. Education in the northeast. How to reform the Almajiri system since building of schools by the present government is not working
    10. Employment of the teaming youths
    11. Industrialization

    There are more, but I will be happy if I can get answers to these. It will help me make up my mind. Any APC champion in the house?

    • Grace Georgewill

      It is unfortunate that our youths have failed to understand what it means to have a sustainable democracy. No matter what the politicians promise you the truth is there would be the rich there would also be the poor. And the only freedom democracy has given the poor which the rich also has is the right to choose its leader. I can tell you the poor would loose that power too, if you and I don’t strengthen the opposition (APC). If we miss it now, this is the likely picture. Nigeria would be under PDP (one party) for the next 20 years because you would have whittled down the power of any opposition party and the only party would be PDP and as such the poor has no choice, the masses have no choice. Whatever PDP gives us we would take. And remember PDP did not promise you they would give you a south president after 4years in fact from the zoning plans in PDP it would still go to the north. US, Uk has two strong parties, South Africa is doing well why can’t we do it in Nigeria. 4years can help us strengthen our democracy in Nigeria such that we the masses can have a choice to choose our leaders and there would be competitions among the parties to please us, so they can be voted in again. Please don’t be blinded by ethnicity and religion vote to sustain our democracy. If we miss it now, No young person would deny himself govt patronage to be nurturing a strong opposition. Be wise or we would regret it. It is not about Jonathan or Buhari it is about giving the masses the choice and the power to choose their leaders God help us.
      If you are a management student you would know that strategic planning is usually for a period of ten years to achieve your plans, this is outside your quick wins. PDP has been in power for 16 years which of their major plans have been completed. After 16 years PDP is still talking about restructuring yet Nigerians can’t change to see if another party has something to offer. be wise.central African republic is in chaos, Zimbabwe is in comatose because of this one party system people like you are unknowingly imposing on yourselves. Our problem is we are individual using politics. Pdp is PDP and not Jonathan and they have been there for 16 years. The progress is very very slow because they share the money among themselves first before they think of infractures or building the nation. So think wisely my fellow nigerian. They all the same Jonathan had never shown up for a political debate. All we should ask for is the power for the masses. Election really starts in 2020 when we have got two strong parties, we can then compare and choose.

      • FortB

        Sorry you got me lost if this is in reply to my post because you answered zero of my questions. Or if I understand you, we should just vote APC to have a change of party that is ruling? I disagree. I will prefer to vote for a party that can convince me it uunderstands the problems and has a plan on how to fix them.

        • Grace Georgewill

          Fellow Nigerian. The politicians are all the same they would line their pockets before they solve your problems. I can assure you non of them will be able to give you a constructive means on how to solve the nigerian problem. Even if you arrange hundred debates.even if they tell you what they intend to do if they enter office. We all know they would eat the money. The only way we can get these people to work that is if you and I are not ready to go for the positions is to create a healthy competition and give the power to choose a leader to the masses. Vote wisely so the future will be for the masses.

  • Hard truth

    “We chose Buhari not because Bola Tinubu is not interested in the Presidency. I am capable, competent, qualified, younger and richer” “This is the time for us. General Buhari, whether you are qualified or not qualified, we are calling you to come and rescue us in Nigeria,” Asiwaju Tinubu. That says it all. It is all about expansion of Tinubu’s empire and dominance. THAT IS MY FEAR.

    • bush

      Buhari is not the first Nigerian presidential candidate to avoid a presidential debate, GEJ had done so in last dispensation than what is PDP problem

    • Dele Morgan Osakwe

      If Tinubu there to come out and contest, then the Toronto certificate will blow up again, certificate forger

  • Sophia Ukpere

    What an Irony!! What has the smart President achieved in 6 years with So much ‘knowledge’ I’m deeply ashamed of What Nigeria has been turned into. People just talk without thinking. Pdp according to Prof. Charles Soludo. *a dining table gathering*

    • tom

      Sophia you don’t need to tell lies to make your case. Jonathan was sworn in on the 6th of May 2010 after yaradua died. This is January 2015. Do the maths and that would be 4 years and 8 months that jonathan has been in power. Stop peddling the 6 years lie. Apc stock in trade is t.v. spread falsehood. A simple google search will show you when jonathan was sworn in.

      • Sophia Ukpere

        Who’s telling lies And How does my comment affect you.. When did Late Yar’adua fall ill? Hasn’t Jonathan been Vice to Acting President in 2009 ? Why do u think I’m about APC.. Give your suggestions to people who don’t read Or Better still your President. He’ll probably learn from you.

        • Dele Morgan Osakwe

          Then run away from here bcos your lies are affecting your educational background which is now in question like gmb. Go away from here now, since your head cannot take simple education,

  • anneedu

    They should continue shielding it when is been exposed already

  • Nigerian Conscience

    President Jonathan, the best President Nigeria has ever had and will ever have. Nigerians are blessed to have such a well educated scholar, teacher, politician and scientist as president. For too long Nigeria has been governed by a region of this country which prides itself in the appellation, ‘Educationally disadvantaged’. Yes! The North that is acclaimed to be educationally disadvantaged has governed Nigeria for 39yrs of 54yrs. No wonder, Nigeria is what it is….and to add salt to injury, the North with its ally, presents an equally educationally deficient candidate for Presidential election. If education doesn’t matter, why do we go to schools?

    But in a common show of shame and senseless mischief, those who send their Children to some of the best schools in Europe and America, now turn around to tell Nigerians that a Primary school certificate holder is the best over 200m Nigerians can hope for to bring that change. It is an irony and it would have been funny if it were nit sad. How wicked politicians can be! …jobless and wanting to grab power at all costs, they become magicians overnight, selling the unsellable.

    • Otile

      God bless you. The North and their ally have done their best to lie to people that education is useless and that an old illiterate ruler is more preferable. May they and their children never do well in schools anymore, may they never benefit from education again. All say Amen

  • ucheJ

    The APC as a party knows the level of education of their presidential flag learer and do not want exposed to redicule, they are always using mechanism to run away even in an International contest they are hiding a lot of facts which they do not want to know well time shall tell.

  • Concerned

    Unlike many of his detractors I have heard GMB debate.
    He has a considered and reflective style, paternal and comforting.
    You feel you are listening to someone who is sincere and can be trusted.

    • Dele Morgan Osakwe

      Are you kidding me? did he debate in English or Hausa ? you must be a very big liar, iike Liar Mohammed

      • Concerned

        I do not need to lie – the evidence is freely available on You Tube.

        Check it out and free yourself from your delusions!

  • justme

    Even if the APC is convinced that the BON is biased,they shud at least pick any medium of communication of their choice that isn’t and present their candidate(s) for the presidential debate..u all owe that to the entire populace and the electorate u expect to vote for u,except there is sometin else u all are shyin away from!!

  • Uzoma

    If the outcome of February elections wasn’t about the lives of real people, I’d say Nigerians should all vote for the Buhari/Tinubu ticket and let’s see the change they have for us, the kind of corruption Tinubu can fight. But, alas, it is about the lives of real people and we need to exercise wisdom.

  • Change for the Worse

    If Bokohari was able to speak for a WHOPPING 57.13 minutes in his campaign tour of 35 states (longest speech lasting 2.1 minutes in Kaduna), he should be able to endure the strain of a presidential debate – as long as there will be a life support machine by his side.

  • Shina Kayode

    It is not in Nigeria constitution that aspirants must debate, therefore, GMB will not participate in any debate organised by NTA and AIT that are showing hate documentary on GMB.

    • Change for the Worse

      Oh yes. Having complied with all constitutional requirements for running for president, like attaching a copy of his WASC/school certificate equivalent to his nomination form, not including any false information in his nomination form, like a false affidavit, GMB should not foul things up and jeopardise his chances of getting elected by participating in the debate – which is unconstitutional.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Keep quiet you hoodwinker,the man is dodging,he is no more articulate enough for a debate,the onset of dementia is obvious,he cannot remember his running mate’s name,he cannot remember Imo state which he calls “Ibo state”,he cannot remember his telephone number,he cannot work a computer and he has problems pronouncing English words.

      BUHARI DODGED HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

      BUHARI DODGED HIS WASC CERTIFICATE

      BUHARI DODGED THE CONFERENCE INVITATION IN THE USA

      BUHARI DODGED IS ABOUT TO DODGE THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN NIGERIA .

      Buhari cannot address a crowd for more than 5mins especially when he has to speak in English,he clearly prefers Hausa.

  • Green skin

    Why must GMB participate in the debate when it’s been established that bro GEJ didn’t attend in 2011(while GMB did)…and heaven didn’t fall!

    We need to face real issues and go away from all these distractions.

    God bless Nigeria.

    • Dele Morgan Osakwe

      What rubbish are you saying? you mean he cant tell us what he want to do for the nation if elected and you expect me to cast my vote for him? only an he got will vote a man that cannot express himself in English as the President of his country. He was on radio last week in hausa program, is he going to Preside the affair opf the nation in hausa language? Are you a Learner ?

  • Hadiza Okafor

    Well it’s his right to refuse to debate, but this further hammers the idea that he has no program to offer. Merely complaints and jabs taken at GEJ. The closer the elections get and the more obvious it is GMB has nothing to offer but empty promises.

  • Ezekiel Akpablo

    All modern democracies true way of testing the mettle of a presidential candidate passes through his involvement into a broadcast political debate. If Buhari cannot lookinto Nigeria’s eyes and defend his program, then he is not fit to be President!

  • JamesAdebayo

    This hardly come as a surprise knowing the mysteries surrounding Buhari’s persona. The whole scandal about his lack of academic credentials only echoes the decision by the APC not to send Buhari to a live broadcast. It makes you wonder who controls who in this story? Is Buhari unable to take his own decisions? Does he have any handle of his political program at all? What are the specifics of his program? Will he tire too quickly on camera?