Reasons why Tinubu will not debate with Peter Obi - Festus Keyamo


Spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, has given conditions for which his party will accept to debate with the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi.

Listing the conditions in a statement on Tuesday, Keyamo said Obi should first release his manifesto before any debate with him could be considered by the APC.

He also challenged Obi to list his “tangible achievements” during his two-term tenures as Governor of Anambra State for a comparison with the achievements of the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu, when the latter was Governor of Lagos State.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment also asked Obi to provide a list of his political mentees from his days as governor and those who were still with him.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria added that Obi should name any political party he had either formed or partnered with others to form, to which he still belonged today.

He further told the Labour Party standard bearer to mention his contribution to the return to democracy from Military rule and sustenance of democracy better than Tinubu.

The spokesperson for the APC PCC noted that when these conditions had been met, the APC would send on of its spokespersons to debate with Obi.

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.”

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