Amid ongoing public outrage that greeted the public statement issued by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the absence of its flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the just-concluded ARISE TV Town Hall Meeting, renowned political analyst, Sumner Sambo has come out to react to the development.
Recall that shortly after the town hall meeting that was held in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Sunday, the APC Presidential Campaign Council issued a statement explaining that its candidate chose to boycott the event because he did not want to be partial to other media platforms whose invitations he had declined in the past. The statement also disclosed that Tinubu and his campaign team will only be attending their own town hall meetings where they hope to engage with Nigerians and critical stakeholders directly.
However, speaking during an interview on ARISE TV on Monday night, Sambo tackled the ruling party on its decision to boycott meetings and debates organized by third-party platforms, describing it as a student setting exams for himself.
He said; “The idea of the APC making it look like it is telling Nigerians that it will have to organize its own platforms, they should understand that you cannot set exams for yourself and pass.
It will be good to be very clear to the APC that the idea that will have to organize their town hall meetings is akin to setting exams for yourself, setting question papers for yourself, and marking them yourself. And I don’t think that is what the voters are looking for.”