On Tuesday, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) stated its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, could not debate with Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate who has no papers or manifesto to present Nigerians.
Answering to the Labour Party’s challenge to Tinubu for an open debate with Obi, Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labour and Employment and Director, Public Affairs and Spokespersons, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, said Obi should first release his manifesto before listing his achievements as governor of Anambra State.
He said that Obi should also inform Nigerians about persons he has taught in politics who are still with him today, any political parties he has created, and his efforts to Nigeria’s return to democracy after years of military dictatorship.
He said that if the requirements are met, the APC will send one of its representatives to discuss with Obi.
His words ” 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”.