Tinubu, Buhari, Atiku, candidates who comprise boycotted debates, conferences

The bustle to the 2023 elections is getting extra attention-grabbing because the 4 primary presidential candidates unveiled their manifestoes to familiarise Nigerians with what they intend to create if elected president.

On Sunday the voters additionally had the totally different to hearken to the candidates loyal via a metropolis hall assembly organized in Abuja by Come up TV in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Sample.

However, many Nigerians who had been wanting to comprise interaction straight with the candidates had been disillusioned, as two of the principle presidential customary bearers absented themselves from the match.

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The political gathering was no longer the principle in 2022. Per week to the Osun governorship election Channels Television in partnership with Draw back Room organized a debate which featured 5 governorship candidates throughout the say.

The candidates included the incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who was in quest of re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Event (PDP); a outdated Deputy Speaker of the Rental of Representatives and candidate of the Labour Event, Yusuf Lasun; Dr Oyegoke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Event (SDP); and Dr Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Event.

Political debates and metropolis hall conferences give the voters the totally different to listen to straight from candidates who’re anticipated to speak about key factors sooner than elections. However, some Nigerian politicians boycott such occasions, most instances with out giving obliging causes.

Everyday Believe takes a understand at some distinguished politicians who at one time or one different shunned debates and metropolis hall conferences.



The APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, was absent from the metropolis Corridor assembly organised by ARISE TV on Sunday.

The presidential candidates of the Smooth Nigerian Peoples Event (NNPP) and Labour Paty (LP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Peter Obi respectively had been in attendance, whereas Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta Declare stood in for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Event (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

On why Tinubu was absent, the spokesman for the promoting marketing campaign council, Festus Keyamo, Tinubu had earlier grew to turned down similar invites from assorted TV and radio stations, and due to this fact can also no longer give desire to Come up TV.

He mentioned, “The busy and disturbing promoting marketing campaign schedules of Asiwaju Tinubu will no longer allow him to honour all such invites by assorted radio and TV networks, due to this fact our decision for him to no longer delivery with one TV say and later ignore others.”

Atiku Abubakar

In response to Buhari’s no longer attending a debate organised by the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria (BON) throughout the buildup to the 2019 customary elections, Atiku, additionally the PDP presidential candidate then, pulled out of the jabber.

He mentioned he did no longer think about in robust an administration the place President Muhammadu Buhari, the person on the helm of affairs of the nation, was no longer conceal to defend himself or his insurance coverage insurance policies.

He mentioned, “We got here right here for a Presidential debate, no longer a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar can no longer enterprise or place a matter to an administration the place the person on the helm of the affairs of the nation is no longer conceal to defend himself or his insurance coverage insurance policies. Despite each little factor you possibly can’t shave a person’s head in his absence.

In a assertion, the vp mentioned he was bodily conceal on the venue of the controversy nonetheless decided to no longer clutch half as a result of Buhari refused to honour the invitation.

In a similar sample, Atiku despatched his operating mate, Governor Okowa, to characterize him loyal via the metropolis hall assembly organized by Come up TV on Sunday.



Mohammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, who’s on the tail-terminate of his second tenure rather than work, absented himself from a presidential debate.

In 2015, Buhari, who was transferring to u.s. the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan refused to attribute throughout the presidential debate organised by the BON.

The spokesperson for the directorate of media and publicity of the APC presidential promoting marketing campaign organisation then, Garba Shehu, mentioned the boycott was this capability that of the “unhidden bias and promoting marketing campaign of calumny by some key organisers of the programme, in opposition to the corporate political curiosity of the occasion (APC) and its candidates”.

Shehu alleged that the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG)-powered debate was fraught with basic errors from the outset, by sporting the toga of presidency rob an eye fixed mounted on, significantly being composed principally of firms and allies of the incumbent PDP administration.


In October 2022 the presidential candidate of the Smooth Nigeria Peoples Event (NNPP), Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, shunned the Arewa Joint Committee interactive session with presidential candidates.

The outdated Kano Declare governor additional alleged that his workforce was in possession of credible information that some people gradual the match had compromised, saying it could probably perchance be at risk of “clandestinely endorse” one different candidate from northern Nigeria.

Arewa Consultative Dialogue board, Arewa Rental, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Basis, Northern Elders Dialogue board and Arewa Evaluation and Sample Mission, organized the presidential interactive session.

In a letter signed by the NNPP promoting marketing campaign spokesperson, Abdulmumin Jibrin, and addressed to the organisers of the joint session, Kwankwaso outlined that he had already organized promoting marketing campaign actions for the date and his technical workforce was soundless engaged on his coverage chronicle, on which the engagement was principally principally based mostly totally.


In 2011 outdated President Goodluck Jonathan refused to assist the NN24 Presidential Debate.

Responding to feedback the occasion generated then, the Jonathan/Sambo Promoting and advertising marketing campaign Organisation mentioned that its vital can also no longer assist the controversy as a result of he can also no longer jettison the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) which has been organising fairly a number of debates since 1999 in favour of 1 different platform “on the eve of vital nationwide election.”

The organisation mentioned the president who had no longer concluded his tour of the 36 states can also no longer accommodate trendy appointments then.

The group mentioned, “The Jonathan/Sambo Promoting and advertising marketing campaign Organisation has watched with enlighten consternation, efforts by some people and teams to feed the Nigerian Public with unsuitable and distorted information to swimsuit their selfish ends.”