The All Progressives Congress (APC) has on Tuesday said that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi would only be able to debate with his counterpart in the ruling party, Bola Tinubu, after sending his manifesto.
The APC insisted that they would send one of Tinubu’s media aides to have a debate with Obi after he must have presented his manifesto and showed his political achievements as a governor.
A spokesperson of Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo said this on Tuesday.
Keyamo accused Obi of not showing his manifesto to Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Keyamo, then, gave conditions for the LP presidential flagbearer to fulfil before he could engage in a debate with the former Lagos state governor.
The APC Campaign spokesperson asked the former Anambra Governor to name those he has mentored from the time he held office till present day.
He said if the conditions are fulfilled, the APC will send one of its spokespersons to have an open debate with Obi.
Keyamo said, ”They have no manifesto, so what are we debating? What documents are we comparing? He said Nigerians should depend on what is inside his brain, not on any document.
“So, Asiwaju will then be debating with what? Is this campaign a joke to them? Do they think this is a Debating and Dramatic society in school?
“Before Obi can stand shoulder to shoulder with Asiwaju to debate, he should first release a manifesto for scrutiny; then he should list his tangible achievements as Governor of Anambra State compared to the tangible achievements of Asiwaju as Governor of Lagos State.
“Then he should list those he has mentored in politics from the days of his being Governor who is still with him now; then he should tell us any political party he has either formed or partnered to form and which he still belongs to today.
“Then he should list his democratic credentials, that is what he did to contribute to the return to democracy from Military rule and what he has since done, better than Asiwaju, to sustain our democracy.
‘After all these, we shall send them one of our spokespersons to debate with him”.