Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has called on Arise TV to stop promoting his appearance for the station’s December 4 town hall meeting vowing that he had made up his mind not to appear at the occasion.
Noting that he had earlier given notice not to appear before the Arise TV town hall meeting, Tinubu said that it was as such inappropriate to go ahead with promoting his appearance.
Tinubu, made this assertion in a statement signed and made available to Vanguard by Bayo Onanuga, the Director, Media & Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council on Friday.
The statement reads, “We are surprised that the TV station listed our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a participant, when there was no prior consultation with him and his aides and no consent of the candidate obtained for the advertisement.
“We deem this as professionally wrong and reckless. No media organisation should arrogate to itself the right to railroad any candidate to fit into its own agenda.
“As we said in an earlier statement, the busy and hectic campaign schedules of Asiwaju Tinubu will not permit him to honour all invitations from different radio and TV stations for debate and or Town Hall meetings hence our decision for him not to start with one media organisation and later ignore the others.
“In the absence of a unified and mutually acceptable all parties and all candidates platform, our candidate has been speaking directly to Nigerians, since President Muhammadu Buhari launched Tinubu’s Action Plan for a Better Nigeria.
“Till date, over seven town hall meetings with strategic sectors have been held across the geopolitical zones, where the candidate and his running mate have spoken about their programmes.
“These direct engagements will continue before the election on 25 February 2023. We therefore urge Arise News to stop using our candidate’s name or portrait in its advertisement, forthwith,” he said.