Why Tinubu Failed To Attend Presidential Debate
The Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress has given reasons why their candidate, Bola Tinubu was absent at a live debate on Sunday (yesterday).
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the former Lagos State governor did not show up for the live debate organised by Arise Television in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
The four leading candidates in the 2023 elections were invited by the organisers to speak on their plans for the country at the event that held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
Aspirants that were present a the debate were Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), and Kola Abiola of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party was represented by his vice presidential candidate and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa.
Given the reasons why Tinubu failed to attend, the Spokesperson of the Tinubu campaign, Festus Keyamo said it will be unfair for Tinubu to honour some media houses and ail to honour the rest.
He in a statement that Tinubu has been getting a lot invitations from media houses for debates ahead of the election.
The statement reads, “Tinubu did not attend the Presidential Debate organised by ARISE TV on Sunday, November 6, 2022, for the following reasons:
“Firstly, many radio and TV networks in Nigeria have indicated interest to host such debates and out of deference to other TV and radio stations, our candidate will not be making selective appearances in some networks, whilst ignoring others. As President of Nigeria, by the Special Grace of God, he intends to treat all persons and businesses fairly and equally.
“Secondly, the busy and hectic campaign schedules of Asiwaju Tinubu will not permit him to honour all such invitations by different radio and TV networks, hence our decision for him not to start with one TV station and later ignore others.
“Thirdly, our candidate had long before now realised the importance of speaking directly to Nigerians and shortly after unfolding his Action Plan as President embarked on Town Hall meetings beginning with his interaction with the Business Community and other stakeholders in Kano followed by the Town Hall meeting and presentation by experts last week in Lagos. “Tomorrow (Monday), he will be interacting with Agro and Commodity Groups in Minna, Niger State.
“Whilst we thank Arise TV for the invitation, we want to assure Nigerians that we shall continue to hold these debate groups and Nigerians in high esteem. Nigerians will hear from our candidate loud and clear through other forums.
“Lastly, out of profound respect for Nigerians, we urge all our party structures and supporters at the grassroots to continue to organise town hall meetings to educate Nigerians on the Action Plan of our candidate as we believe a grassroots approach to reach Nigerians will also be more profound.”
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