‘He’s Busy’: APC Presidential Campaign Makes Excuse For Tinubu’s Absence Arise TV Debate
The All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, has explained why the party’s flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was not at the presidential candidate’s debate by Arise Television in conjunction with Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD.
Advancing reasons in a statement on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Abuja, the council Chief spokesman, Festus Keyamo (SAN) said the need to be fair and treat every segment of the society, in the face of many invitations to similar programmes, informed the absence of its candidate at the talk show.
According to Keyamo; “The APC Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming 2023 Presidential Election, ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED 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 to host such debates and out of deference to other TV and radio stations, our candidate will not be making selective appearances on 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, 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 candidates 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.’
Source: The Nation