Ibrahim Mohammed Gambari
The All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has lambasted ARISE NEWS for dubiously seeking his participation in its Presidential Town Hall meeting scheduled to hold on Sunday, December 4.
Tinubu who made this comment through the Director of Media and Publicity of his Campaign Council, Bayo Ononuga, expressed dismay that despite having informed the media platform that he would not be attending the Town Hall meeting and subsequent ones organised before the February 2023 presidential election due to his tight engagement schedule within and outside Nigeria, it still insisted on forcing his attendance at the debate by “dubiously citing section 22 of the constitution” spells out the “obligation of the Mass Media.”
Bayo noted that while the media has the constitutional mandate to promote accountability among public officers, the APC candidate too, has the fundamental freedom to choose any media event or occasion he wants to attend.
He further reiterated that the Tinubu’s busy schedule will not grant him the opportunity to appear at the ARISE NEWS Town Hall event coupled with the fact the presidential candidate has travelled to the United Kingdom where he will be delivering a lecture on Security, Economy and Foreign Policy at the Chatham House on Monday December, 5.
Bayo, however, warned the news platform to desist from its incessant “media bullying” of their candidate, stressing that Tinubu will not succumb to its intimidation.
On a final note, the Media Director said the decision of the APC presidential candidate not to honour ARISE NEWS invitation remains sacrosanct.