Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, vice presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has provided an explanation for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s absence from the town hall series scheduled for Sunday.
Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC), Rabiu Kwankwaso (NNPP), and Peter Obi (Labour Party) were expected to attend the first segment of the series, which focused on security. However, only Kwankwaso and Obi showed up, with Governor Okowa speaking on behalf of Atiku Abubakar and Tinubu staying home. Kola Abiola, the Peoples Redemption Party’s presidential candidate, was also present.
Reacting to agitations from the audience, Okowa explained that Atiku duly received the invite and intimated the organizers of him being outside the country and was given permission to send representation.
“I’m very much aware that there was a communication to him (Atiku) and he’s outside the country. We duly obtained the permission of the organizers of this programme for him to be represented.
“It’s a town hall meeting, and that person was duly given. I think that should solve the problem of the agitations going on. When it is time for debate we’ll get into debate” He said