The previous Kano State governor forged a lonely determine on the rostrum ready for the 4 frontline presidential candidates together with Peter Obi, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Atiku Abubakar of the Labour Celebration, All Progressives’ Congress (APC), and the Individuals’s Democratic Celebration (PDP) respectively, to speak about their programmes for Nigerians.
The presidential debate, co-organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), was held on the Worldwide Convention Centre in Abuja.
That is certainly not a brand new growth so far as election debates in Nigeria are involved as historical past is replete with examples of presidential candidates blatantly refusing to honour debate invites.
Tinubu made it clear initially of the campaigns that he wouldn’t honour any debate organised by any entity apart from his marketing campaign council and has gone on to make good on his phrases. This will clarify the APC presidential candidate’s refusal to indicate up, and the shortage of communication to that impact comes as much less stunning in comparison with others.
In the meantime, explaining the explanation for his non-appearance on Sunday, Obi, who had tweeted his intention to attend the programme earlier within the day, blamed his absence on a defective plane.
In an announcement issued by the Obi/Datti marketing campaign organisation on Sunday night time, it was acknowledged that the Labour Celebration flag-bearer had travelled to Ondo State from the place he deliberate to jet to Abuja for the controversy. Nevertheless, he was pressured to make a detour to Lagos after his plane all of a sudden developed technical challenges.
“After an engagement in Akure, Ondo State, he meant to go for Abuja for the controversy however was suggested in any other case because of technical points with the plane which made the pilot determine to go for Lagos as a substitute.
“It should be famous that in anticipation of Mr Obi’s arrival, senior members of the marketing campaign and the celebration had gathered on the Worldwide Convention Centre, Abuja, venue of the programme,” the assertion learn.
As for Atiku, as of the time of submitting this report, his celebration and his marketing campaign council have been but to clarify why he did not honour the invitation.
This is probably not far-fetched as the previous vice-president, like Tinubu, had additionally acknowledged final 12 months that he would cease honouring debate invites.
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