Following his decision to boycott presidential debates ahead of the Febraury 14 elections, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and his campaign team have announced that the party would commence town hall meetings across major Nigerian cities instead of participating in debates.
The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) said in a statement in Abuja that the town hall meetings kicked off in Lagos on Monday with an interaction between Buhari, his running mate, Yemi Osibanjo and the Organised Private Sector.
The statement signed by Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the Campaign reads: “The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation wishes to announce the commencement of town hall meetings ahead of the February 14 presidential election.
“Due to the more pressing urgency to have an open interaction with Nigerians, the campaign will be organising town hall meetings in different parts of the country.
“The town hall meetings kicked off today (Monday) in Lagos with a public interaction between the presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, his running mate Professor Yemi Osinbajo and representatives of Organised Private Sector.
“On Tuesday, the town hall meeting will hold in Kano with traders and market associations. Thereafter, the meeting will hold in Benin with labour and civil society leaders.
“The focus of the town hall meeting will then shift to Ibadan where students and youth groups will be engaging General Buhari and Professor Osinbajo, while Enugu and Port Harcourt will follow suit.
“The direction the that the campaign will be moving in the countdown to the election day is to have as many as possible person-to-person interactive sessions for Nigerians to hear directly from the presidential candidate and his running mate”