The All Progressives Congress (APC) has listed conditions that must be met before a representative of its presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu would debate with labour party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Recall that Tinubu was absent during the November 6 presidential town hall meeting organized by Arise TV. The likes of Obi, Kwankawso were present while PDP’s Atiku Abubakar was represented by his vice presidential candidate Ifeanyi Okowa.
Speaking on Tuesday, November 29, the APC said Obi cannot debate with Bola Tinubu but it would rather send one of Tinubu’s media aides to have a debate with Obi, after he must have presented his manifesto and showed his political feats as a former governor of Anambra state.
Among the conditions APC listed was that Obi should name his political mentor from the time he was governor till now.
Spokesperson of Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo said;
”They have no manifesto, so what are we debating? What documents are we comparing? He said Nigerians should depend on what is inside his brain, not on any document.
“So, Asiwaju will then be debating with what? Is this campaign a joke to them? Do they think this is a Debating and Dramatic society in school?”
“Before Obi can stand shoulder to shoulder with Asiwaju to debate, he should first release a manifesto for scrutiny; then he should list his tangible achievements as Governor of Anambra State compared to the tangible achievements of Asiwaju as Governor of Lagos State.
“Then he should list those he has mentored in politics from the days of his being Governor who is still with him now; then he should tell us any political party he has either formed or partnered to form and which he still belongs to today.
“Then he should list his democratic credentials, that is what he did to contribute to the return to democracy from Military rule and what he has since done, better than Asiwaju, to sustain our democracy”.
“After all these, we shall send them one of our spokespersons to debate with him”.