2023: Atiku challenges Tinubu to an hour TV interview


Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has challenged his rival from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, to an uninterrupted one-hour television interview.

Atiku dared Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC, to take up the challenge while faulting the Tinubu Campaign Organisation, who had earlier alleged that he was not prepared to lead the country because of some of the issues he discussed during his last television interview.

Paul Ibe, a media advised to Atiku, in a statement released on Saturday, July 23, 2022, throwing up the challenge wrote: “We would like to challenge Bola Tinubu to subject himself to an hour-long interview, as the Waziri did, and if he is able to be as articulate and mentally present as our candidate, then he can talk. Until then, we will only want to remind him and his yes men that they are not in a position to point fingers when they have not sat on the hot seat.”

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Ibe said Atiku, the former Vice President was “amused to read the knee jerk response from the Tinubu Campaign Organisation to the wave-making interview granted by Atiku Abubakar,” noting that the Tinubu campaign “exposed its gross desperation and vacuousness by citing the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 1999, to declare Waziri Atiku Abubakar’s stance on engaging in a side business while he was a young customs officer as a breach of the law.”

“It is pertinent to educate the Tinubu campaign organisation that Nigeria is not under a military regime and our Constitutions are not retroactive in nature,” Ibe said.

“Atiku Abubakar has earned a Master’s degree from Anglia Ruskin University. We challenge any of the present Presidential candidates to present an equal or higher degree. Moreover, his university attendance is a matter of verified record. Can we say the same about some other persons?” the statement concluded.