Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, has withdrawn from a live presidential debate slated for 7:30 p.m. today (Sunday).
Tinubu was previously scheduled to attend the discussion alongside Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
But in a terse post on its social media pages on Sunday evening, Arise TV, which is organising the debate in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Kola Abiola, would now take part in the event instead of Tinubu.
“Tonight, ARISE News welcomes you to series one of the 2023 Presidential Town Hall Series on Security & Economy, with the following presidential candidates – His Excellencies: Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Peter Obi (LP), Rabiu Kwankwaso (NNPP) Kola Abiola (PRP).
Live from 7:30pm, ”
The debate according to the organisers would focus on economy and security.
It was gathered that 24 hours to the debate, Tinubu and Atiku did not confirm their attendance while Obi and Kwankwaso reached out to the the organizers indicating they would be present.