Dele Farotimi, a spokeswoman for the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign, has voiced worry about the absence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, from debates.
Farotimi claimed on Thursday that Tinubu has avoided issues over which he has no control ahead of the 2023 presidential race.
He stated that the debates are set up so that critical members of the public can ask the presidential candidates questions.
Farotimi went on to say that Tinubu, despite being summoned to presidential debates, had avoided questioning.
If Tinubu attends any of the debates, the spokesman has sworn to wear his campaign headgear for the duration of the campaign.
This was mentioned by Farotimi on Thursday morning while answering questions on Arise TV’s morning broadcast.
He stated that if the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, submits himself for debate, Tinubu will be represented by his running partner, Kashim Shettima.
Farotimi stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, would be represented by Ifeanyi Okowa.
He said, “We have an electoral process that has also incorporated debates, town meetings, and interactions with the public, at least with the critical members of the public, since not every one of the 200 million Nigerians would fit into these stadiums where they have these jamborees.
“The expectation is that the likes of you can ask critical questions and will have the opportunity to ask these questions of the presidential candidates.
“At least there are four leading candidates who are expected to submit themselves to this process, but a particular candidate in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been particularly evasive and dodgy about submitting himself to any sort of interrogation that is outside his control.
“We have had the occasion to jokingly demand that he should come and submit himself to the Arise TV studio, that I will wear his cap (the BAT cap) for as long as this season lasts if he would dare. But the gentleman has continued to evade this.”
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