President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed his absence at the ongoing presidential debate to his “hectic schedule”.
He spoke through Festus Keyamo, spokesman of his campaign organisation on Saturday evening.
Of the five candidates who were expected at the debate, Buhari was the only one who was absent at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja, venue of the exercise.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had withdrawn from the debate, citing the absence of Buhari.
He had challenged the president to another debate.
Buhari said “the busy and hectic official and campaign schedules of Mr. President clashed with this programme”