Tinubu, Atiku Absent at Presidential Debate as Obi, Kwankwaso Attend


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar were both absent at a town hall debate.

The “presidential town hall” organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development in conjunction with Arise TV, was aimed at give the four frontline presidential candidates platform to debate on their economic and security plans for the country. 

The PDP's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was represented by his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the party earlier announced on its official Twitter handle.

While Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of APC neither attended or sent his running mate Kashim Shettima who had been representing him in such invents held the  past 

Only presidential candidates of Labour Party, Peter Obi; New Nigeria Peoples Party,  Rabiu Kwankwaso; and Peoples Redemption Party, Kola Abiola, were in attendance.

The organisers of the debate said the candidates were selected based on the performance of their parties in an online survey during which all the 18 political parties were listed in alphabetical order.

“The result of this survey informed our decision to invite the highest four scoring parties – LP, APC, PDP and NNPP to the town hall,” the Director of the CDD, Idayat Hassan, said in a statement.

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