The All Progressives Congress says its Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu refused to attend the CDD/Arise TV Townhall session as a result of his busy schedule among other things.
The Centre for Democracy and Development had on Sunday invited Tinubu of the APC, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
While the APC Candidate Tinubu was absent and had no representative, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Vice Presidential Candidate of the PDP represented Abubakar.
Giving reasons for Tinubu’s absence, the APC noted that its Candidate “will not be making selective appearances in some networks, whilst ignoring others,* having received multiple invitations.
The statement signed by Campaign Spokesman, Festus Keyamo, SAN, suggested that Tinubu would not be attending future town hall sessions or debates.
The statement partly reads, “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.”