The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has responded to critics who have constantly berated him for boycotting public events where critical questions will be asked about his candidacy.
The former Lagos state governor spoke at the Chatham House programme titled, ‘Nigeria’s 2023 elections: In conversation with Bola Ahmed Tinubu’, on Monday.
The APC presidential candidate took time to discuss and proffer solutions to national issues bedeviling the country.
During the interaction, Tinubu gave reasons he doesn’t do one-on-one interviews with Nigerians.
Tinubu said he chose not to attend debates and interviews because he’s marketable, adding that media outlets only wanted to interview him because of the financial gains that will accrue to them from his appearance.
In his words, “I see myself as a marketable individual. They want to use me to make money and I said no.”
Recall that Nigerians had queried and condemned Tinubu’s alleged refusal to grant live interviews like his two major opponents in PDP and Labour Party.
Reacting to that the Chief Spokesman of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Festus Keyamo and Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, deputy director, public affairs of the campaign council, said Tinubu was not shying away from live interviews, adding that “Campaigns have not started. The Nation will hear from him again and again and again.” On his own part, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said live interview is the strategy of Tinubu’s opponents and the strategy could not be foisted or forced on Tinubu.