WHY I BACKED OUT OF PUBLIC DEBATES – BUHARI

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• Prefers town-hall meetings
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, says instead of the PDP-controlled presidential debate, he had kicked off town hall meetings to directly interact with Nigerians from all walks of life.
Buhari alongside his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will interact and explain to citizens, the policy thrust of their envisaged administration and how the set objectives will be achieved.
The town hall meetings kicked off in Lagos yesterday with an interaction between Buhari and Osinbajo and the organised private sector, a statement from his campaign media and publicity director, Malam Garba Shehu, said.
Buhari said his party was compelled to chart this course because of the compelling need to have person-to-person interactive sessions during which pertinent questions would be posed to them and responses provided.
“Our campaign decided to chart this path because we cannot afford to shy away from the more pressing urgency to have one-on-one interactions with Nigerians through town hall meetings,” the Buhari’s spokesperson said.
“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 statement said.
The campaign said “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.
Source: Daily Trust

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