The Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, says its Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was absent at the Arise TV debate, because he has decided not to make selective appearances in some networks.
The Council made the clarification in a statement by its Director, Public Affairs and Spokesperson and Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo.
Explaining why Asiwaju did not attend the Presidential Debate organised by Arise TV on Sunday, November 6, 2022, Keyamo said many radio and TV networks in Nigeria have indicated interests to host such debates and out of deference to other TV and radio stations, the All Progressives Congress, APC’s 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, 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”, Keyamo said.