The All Progressives Congress has said that Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi does not merit debating with the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The party said that Obi falls below the pecking order of a candidate to debate with Tinubu, stating conditions the Labour Party flagbearer must fulfill to even merit its spokesperson in a debate.
Festus Keyamo, a spokesperson of Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, made this known while accusing Obi of not releasing his manifesto to Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections.
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”.