The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has again declared that he will not attend Town Hall meeting organised by Arise TV.
In a statement signed by Bayo Onanuga Director, Media & Publicity, Tinubu– Shettima Campaign Council said the APC presidential candidate has no prior knowledge of the scheduled session with presidential candidates fixed for this weekend.
In the third series of the Town Hall, candidates are expected to discuss their plans for health, education, poverty alleviation and development of the human capital.
Onanuga maintained that Arise Tv didn’t consult the Tinubu Shettima Campaign Organisation before listing the candidate as a participant.
He added that the busy schedule of the APC candidate will not allow him to honour invitations from different media houses.
According to him, “We deem this as professionally wrong and reckless. No media organisation should arrogate to itself the right to railroad any candidate to fit into its own agenda.
“The busy and hectic campaign schedules of Asiwaju Tinubu will not permit him to honour all invitations from different radio and TV stations for debate and or Town Hall meetings hence our decision for him not to start with one media organisation and later ignore the others.
“In the absence of a unified and mutually acceptable all parties and all candidates platform, our candidate has been speaking directly to Nigerians, since President Muhammadu Buhari launched Tinubu’s Action Plan for a Better Nigeria.
“To date, over seven town hall meetings with strategic sectors have been held across the geopolitical zones, where the candidate and his running mate have spoken about their programmes.
“These direct engagements will continue before the election on 25 February 2023. We, therefore, urge Arise News to stop using our candidate’s name or portrait in its advertisement, forthwith.”
Meanwhile, Tinubu will be in Lagos on Saturday for his Presidential campaign and the flag-off of the state governor’s campaign.