Director of Strategy for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dele Alake, has revealed that the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, would not attend the presidential debate organised by Channels Television, Arise TV and NPAN.
This disclosure was made known by Mr Alake on Channels television while appearing as a guest on the flagship breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
Mr Alake, who was once the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State between 1999 – 2007, accused some Nigerian media organisations of being compromised. However, he did not disclosed those he claimed to have been compromised.
He further disclosed that he could not vouch for the independence of some of the organisers of the debate.
Meanwhile, the Jonathan/Sambo 2015 Presidential Campaign Organisation has, however, informed the organisers that President Jonathan “has accepted to participate in the debate.”
This was contained in a letter by the Director-General of the campaign organisation, Senator Ahmadu Ali.
The debate, which was orgainsed by Channels Television, Arise Television and the Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), is scheduled to hold at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
It has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 3 as part of the build-up to the February 14 elections.