The Marketing campaign Council of the Congress of All Progressives justified on Sunday night time the absence of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, saying that the talk collided together with his commitments.

The marketing campaign council’s clarification follows Tinubu’s absence from a reside presidential debate held on the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

Nevertheless, Tinubu’s counterpart within the Folks’s Democratic Get together, Atiku Abubakar, who was stated to come back from Morocco, was represented by his operating mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state.

The PUNCH reported {that a} pro-democracy suppose tank, the Heart for Democracy and Growth, had invited the 4 predominant presidential candidates within the 2023 election to talk about their plans for the nation.

The talk, which was broadcast reside on Come up Tv, was supposed to allow Nigerians to find out which candidate and political social gathering possessed the most effective concepts for offering lasting options to the nation’s challenges.

When contacted, Media and Communications Director Bayo Onanuga advised our correspondent in an unique telephone chat that the dialogue collided with the Tinubu marketing campaign city corridor assembly with agricultural farmers in Minna, the capital of Niger state.

Onanuga referenced the APC presidential marketing campaign calendar to justify his place.

He stated: “We’re in Minna now to interact with farmers and agricultural commodity teams earlier than tomorrow. The media cannot out of the blue invent a debate they usually need us to drop every little thing we’re doing to attend it. That is incorrect. We even have our marketing campaign schedule to take care of.”

Reminded that the presidential candidate would possibly nonetheless have appeared for the reason that engagement in query is scheduled for Monday, Onanuga disagreed.

“Are we going to make use of a jet to journey to Minna? As I advised you earlier than, we’re already in Minna and can’t attend this system. In our case, your proposal clashes with our candidate’s marketing campaign program. That is why we did not present up,” he said.

Requested if Tinubu would have appeared within the debate if Minna’s engagement hadn’t been organized, the marketing campaign’s media director stated there was an opportunity he would possibly.

He stated, “Perhaps. However he is busy with different issues and might’t depart that one for this one. There are extra essential issues.

“After Minna, we’ll return to Abuja earlier than the following engagement in Nasarawa state on Wednesday. After that, I feel Calabar is prepared for Saturday. You possibly can see that this week may be very busy for the candidate.

“Once more subsequent week, we can be in Imo State on Tuesday for a rally and zonal stakeholder assembly. It is not Monday as some individuals wrongly reported. The earlier schedule that folks noticed was solely a draft, which remains to be topic to modification.”

The presidential marketing campaign schedule, which was revised once more on Friday, exhibits that along with the city corridor assembly with agricultural farmers on Monday, Tinubu can have a dinner together with his marketing campaign sponsors in Abuja on Tuesday, whereas one other city corridor assembly with interfaith stakeholders. in Nasarawa on Wednesday.


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