Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), has pledged never to turn up at debates if Bola Tinubu, the candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Atiku Abubakar, the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), do not.
Peter Obi declared that, even at the last minute, he would withdraw from any debate in which presidential candidates sent surrogates or running mates.
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He revealed this via Doyin Okupe, director general of the LP’s presidential campaign.
Addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Okupe said;
Yesterday’s event (Arise TV Presidential Town Hall meeting) was clearly for Presidential candidates, not Vice Presidential candidates.
The APC did not turn up and did not send a representative, I respect that. We will no longer be part of any Presidential debate where surrogates are sent to represent the candidate.
We are aware that over 85 percent of Nigerians who tune in to listen to these debates listen to the voice of our candidate, Peter Obi.
Atiku and Tinubu did not attend the Arise TV Town Hall event for presidential contenders held on Sunday in Abuja.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Atiku’s running partner, filled in for Tinubu, who was unable to send a delegate.
Rabiu Kwankwaso, however, was present at the discussion on behalf of the NNPP.