Mukhtar Shagari a former Minister of Water Resources and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, has slammed the actions of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Bola Tinubu during his recent appearance at the Chatham House in London, UK.
Tinubu’s refusal to answer some of the questions posed to him during the media engagement at Chatham House, according to Shagari, is completely unacceptable.
The former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State and PDP chieftain added that Nigerians want to hear the candidates directly.
Shagari said on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Tuesday that delegating people to answer questions during the Chatham event, as Tinubu did, is an insult to Nigerians.
He went on to say that Nigerians should not vote for someone who is unwilling to answer questions.
In his words;
Chatham House is not a place where you go with a team. Chatham House is a place that you go and tell the whole world and the people of your country what you intend to do. Chatham House is a place where you are prepared to answer hard questions. Chatham House is not a place where you go with a team of people and when questions are asked you delegate some people to answer them. You are the candidate and it’s you that will answer them.
I don’t believe in that approach. It’s an insult to Nigerians. As far as I am concerned, Tinubu has not said anything. You outsourced the answers from the [people you went there with]. Nigerians want to hear from their presidential candidates. Nigerians want to hear the solutions you have to insecurity, the economy and infrastructure and so many problems that are bedeviling Nigeria today.
You don’t go to a debate, you don’t go to where you are applying for a job and go with your brother and when questions are asked you said your brother will answer it. Who will employ you by doing that?
Nigerians now understand that Atiku Abubakar who has been consistent in attending every forum to answer questions, who has given journalists the opportunity to ask him questions. Nigerians have seen him at so many different places telling them what he intends to do.
In 2023, on February 25, Nigerians will answer that question and they know whom they should vote for. You cannot vote for somebody who is not prepared to answer questions.