On Monday 7th November 2022, Festus Keyamo, the Spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council said the presidential candidates from the other political parties present at the Arise TV town hall meeting were “confessing like witches.”
The debate which was organised by Arise TV in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Democracy and held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Sunday night had seen a lot of drama from the presidential aspirants.
Keyamo, who earlier justified his party’s presidential candidate’s absence at the meeting said, “They are busy confessing like witches and cancelling themselves out.”
“They’re calling out those deceiving some gullible Nigerians and repackaging themselves as ‘new breeds’.”
“Let them fight to finish; we at the APC are not disguising; we are defending our records with our full chest!”
According to The Punch Tinubu and Shettima are presently in Niger State for a town hall meeting with agro-allied and commodity groups in Minna.
Keyamo also said that Tinubu was already speaking to Nigerians directly; hence he did not need to be present at the Arise TV town hall meeting.”
He said, “The APC presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, did not attend the Presidential Debate organised by ARISE TV on Sunday, November 6, 2022, for the following reasons:
“Firstly, many radio and TV networks in Nigeria have indicated interest to host such debates and out of deference to other TV and radio stations, our candidate will not be making selective appearances in some networks, whilst ignoring others. As President of Nigeria, by the Special Grace of God, he intends to treat all persons and businesses fairly and equally.”
“Secondly, the busy and hectic campaign schedules of Asiwaju Tinubu will not permit him to honour all such invitations by different radio and TV networks, hence our decision for him not to start with one TV station and later ignore others.”
“Thirdly, our candidate had long before now realised the importance of speaking directly to Nigerians and shortly after unfolding his action plan as the president embarked on town hall meetings beginning with his interaction with the business community and other stakeholders in Kano followed by the town hall meeting and presentation by experts last week in Lagos. Tomorrow, he will be interacting with agro and commodity groups in Minna, Niger State.”