The candidate of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, Bola Tinubu, may not attend any presidential debates before February’s presidential election, his campaign team said Sunday night.
The candidate of the ruling party on Sunday was absent at the presidential debate organised by Arise Television and a civic group, the latest such miss by the APC candidate.
Reacting to why Tinubu shunned the event, Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson of the APC’s Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) said the former Lagos State governor did not attend to avoid “selective appearance.”
Keyamo, in the Sunday statement, explained that several television stations have indicated interest to host similar events. However, Tinubu has no plan to attend any but prefers to speak to Nigerians directly, he said.
“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 on some networks, whilst ignoring others,” he said.
Sunday’s debate, tagged Arise News presidential town hall series, was organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development and Arise Television.
Tinubu had also avoided similar events by the body of lawyers, NBA, and the body of chartered accountants, ICAN. However, his running mate, Kashim Shettima, attended the NBA event in his stead but the candidate had no representative in Sunday’s debate.