Before Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, may engage in a debate with a representative of their candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has established five requirements for him to meet.
Remember that on November 6, Arise TV hosted a presidential town hall meeting, and Tinubu was conspicuously absent. Peter Obi and Kwankwaso were in attendance, and PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar was represented by Ifeanyi Okowa.
APC announced on Tuesday, November 29, that Obi is unable to debate with Tinubu and that they would instead send one of Tinubu’s media assistants to do so.
They noted that Peter Obi must meet five requirements to establish his credibility before he is even given the opportunity to argue with Tinubu’s aide.
Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, released a statement.
“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”.