The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign says its candidate, Mr. Bola Tinubu, did not attend the Presidential Debate organized by ARISE TV because he wants to deal with all media houses fairly.
The spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign, Mr. Festus Keyamo, said this in a press statement in defence of Mr. Tinubu’s absence at the Presidential Debate of major frontline candidates for the 2023 presidential election, who either attended or sent representatives.
Mr. Keyamo while outlining the reasons for Mr. Tinubu’s absence said his principal would rather speak to Nigerians directly through townhall meetings and forums.
“Firstly, many radio and TV networks in Nigeria have indicated interests 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 realized the importance of speaking directly to Nigerians.
“And shortly after unfolding his Action Plan as President, he 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, South-West Nigeria.
“Tomorrow, he will be interacting with Agro and Commodity Groups in Minna, Niger state,” said Keyamo.
He urged all APC members and supporters at the grassroots to continue to organize town hall meetings to educate Nigerians on the Action Plan of Mr. Tinubu in order to reach the grassroots.