Security and the economy took centre stage yesterday as the presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Peter Obi; the New Nigerian Peoples Party, Musa Kwankwaso and Kola Abiola of Peoples Redemption Party squared up at the Arise tv Presidential Town Hall Series on Security and Economy, in Abuja.

However, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Bola Tinubu, failed to show up at the debate organised in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Democracy at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Although Atiku was represented by his running mate, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Tinubu sent no representative.

But the supporters of the LP, the NNPP and the PRP who were unhappy with Atiku’s absence heckled Okowa, stating that the event was meant for presidential candidates only.

Shouting “No representation by proxy,” the supporters prevented the programme from kicking off on time as the organizers sought to pacify them.

Speaking on his plans to tackle insecurity in the country, Atiku harped on intelligence gathering and sharing among the security agencies.

Calling for the decentralisation of the police, the PDP candidate stressed that the current policing system cannot secure the country.


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