Buhari replaces debates with town hall meetings in major cities

President Muhammadu Buhari during the Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

Against the backdrop of its decision to stay out of presidential debates, the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, has announced the commencement of town hall meetings, as a deliberate strategy of the campaign ahead of the February 14 presidential poll during which, Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo will interact and explain directly to citizens the policy thrust of their envisaged administration and how the set objectives will be achieved.

The APCPCO said in a statement in Abuja that the town hall meetings kicked off in Lagos on Monday with a robust interaction between Buhari/Osibanjo and the Organised Private Sector.

The statement signed by Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the Campaign, said the party was compelled to chart this course because of the compelling need to have a person-to-person interactive sessions during which pertinent questions will be posed to the candidates 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,” Shehu said.

The statement reads, “The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation wishes to announce the commencement of town hall meetings ahead of the February 14 presidential election.

“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 town hall meetings kicked off today (Monday) in Lagos with a public interaction between the presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, his running mate Professor Yemi Osinbajo and representatives of Organised Private Sector.

“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.

“The focus of the town hall meeting will then shift to Ibadan where students and youth groups will be engaging General Buhari and Professor Osinbajo, while Enugu and Port Harcourt will follow suit.

“The direction the that the campaign will be moving in the countdown to the election day is to have as many as possible person-to-person interactive sessions for Nigerians to hear directly from the presidential candidate and his running mate,” Mr. Shehu said.


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  • just kennie

    Townhall meeting is more robust and interacti than the so called debate.
    I watch the VP debate, I only saw group. Of jokers repeating and contradicting one another.
    Nothing reasonable learnt.
    APC strategist are sure the best. I am impressed.

    • Otile

      Rubbish

    • Wähala

      They hijacked my idea…
      Give to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser, biko!

  • Denis_NG

    Brilliant step by Mr. Buhari and the APC. As opposed to the jamboree being organized by the PDP affiliated so called Presidential Election Debates Group, the best way and medium through which Gen Buhari needs to articulate his programs and how he intends to achieve them, is through town hall meetings as they are planning. PDP and their goons can continue to shout over the rooftop about Gen Buhari dodging debates, after all, GEJ also dodged debates in 2011, so what’s the big deal?

    • PROF

      Buhari is a joke ! He is scared of debates . Hahhahha

      • arewethishopeless

        If it was good for Jonathan in 2011, its good for Buhari 2015 …

        • Babandum

          If this yeye system would allow me, I for give you 1 million thumbs up bros!

      • Jumoke

        So President Jonathan has forgotten Nigeria’s $9 million in South Africa? What a president?

  • Ette

    Great decision, going to the people of different interest group to hear from them and lay down plans to improve their well being and take questions directly from the people. It is very shameful the kind of thing we saw with VP candidates in what they call debates: it was an embarrassment for our nation to have such arrangee scheme where people were not allowed to ask questions and where PDP was fenced off from rendering accounts of stewardship to NIGERIANS. How could they not ask PDP why 16 is greater than 19, why stealing is not corruption, why they do not give any damn for public declaration of assets, why 30 trillion Naira is missing, why over 200 girls are still in the den of boko haram, why Nigerians cannot sleep with eyes closed, why our youths are roaming the streets without jobs and some of them were robbed and killed in a phantom job interview, why poverty rate has gone beyond imagination, why MEND was defended over 2010 bombing in Abuja, why we do not have electricity despite the promise to give 24 hrs power, why government officials run overseas for medical care and for schools for their children, why the Amnesty Programme is limited to stipend payment and training of Ijaw people rather than wholistic development of the Niger Delta, why the East west road is not completed despite the huge sum spent on it, etc. PDP is invited to the Town Hall Meetng with APC, let them attend if they have the lever. APC strategy is both effective and efficient, and they daily endear their programmes to the people. Forget arrangee debate till organizers purge themselves of bribes given to them by corrupt PDP which is corrupting every institution today because corruption is in their DNA.

    • Charles Amos

      the fact is the panelist are not even aware of the questions to be asked,intellectually cant buhari defend is policies of chaned?

      • Ette

        Debate is not only about defending policies but rendering accounts of stewardship by the PDP and allowing people ask questions on what bother them. Debates conducted so far were write off as it had to do with defending policies which is not different from what they have said at campaign grounds. Town Hall meetings with the people will enable people to express their mind, and extract commitments from those who want to get leadership mandate from us.

    • Otile

      Trash

      • JustMe

        Rather than being dismissive, why not debunk the issues raised. your brash answer gives you away completely!

    • paul eneke

      Fantastic you are!!!

  • Ekerete Etukudo

    Mr. Buhari, your opponent is GEJ! You should be man enough to face him in a debate instead of backyard talk. Better yet, you can get into an 1858 Lincoln-Douglas town hall-style debate. If you scared of doing that, then how do you propose going after boko haram?

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Where were you when GEJ boycotted the debate in 2011 without reason? At least Buhari explained the reason for boycotting the meaningless debate, which is the gross bias of the organizers. Town hall meetings are more effective in interacting with Nigerians than a one-hour, rigged debate!

      • auracool

        pls state the fact correctly, while BON was preparing to arrange for a presidential debate buhari tried to play smart by arranging with mr tony dara of nn24 to arrange a debate which gej refused to attend because it was a one sided debate besides there was already a BON debate being arranged. so instead the predident decided to ridicule his smartness by appearing on celebrity interview with dbanj

    • 1MASK01

      was Jonathan afraid when he failed to appear in 2011 presidential debate? Even in courts lawyers ask that their cases be transferred from a judge who they think is bias against them or their client.

      • Charles Amos

        what is the bias issue in this case that Buhari is not debating? Questions are thrown at him and he reply’s in a stipulated time.
        let him face Nigerians and show us how he will defend his policies

    • Bidemi Lukman

      GEJ was guilty of same in 2011 when he refused to participate in debate only to later organise a lone chart

    • Charles Amos

      Buhari did not attend the debate that organised by BON then he attended the news 24 so take note

  • TRUTH MASTER

    This is much better than a meaningless debate organized by those who have shown morbid hatred for Buhari. After all, election and governance are about people. Good one, APC!

    • Timothy Aseer

      But they said GEJ is clueless,why is Buhari afraid of engaging such a clueless man in debate? Buhari is a disgrace anyway.

      • tundemash

        duh ???? The hunter has become the hunted. If Buharis is a disgrace for not giving Dumbo a debate, what was Dumbo in 2011 when he dodged the debate ?
        use your vote as u wish on FeBuhari 14th !

        • Walter

          Thanks for that answer!

      • TRUTH MASTER

        I am very sure you can read, though your understanding of what you read is suspect. Buhari said he cannot participate in a debate organized by clearly-biased folks. Do you not understand that? AIT and NTA have been running a documentary of lies against Buhari, and they are among the organizers. Do you not think they could even have leaked the questions to be asked to GEJ just to embarrass GMB? Who needs a debate anyway. Were debate to the be the basis for election, GEJ will not be in Aso Rock today. GEJ should stop his clandestine push for election postponement and face GMB in the Feb. 14th election. Anything else is a distraction

  • Eze Emmanuel Onu

    nawa oh

  • auracool

    okay why not invite pdp to the town hall meeting together so that we’ll
    know who has what and who doesn’t. it is very easy to organise a one
    sided town hall meeting and use it to incite an innocent gullible
    crowd. since the dabate is compromised i think it will be better for APC
    and PDP to attend the town hall together where PDP will have to tell
    the masses what they have done for them to see whether the masses there
    would agree or deny while APC too will have their opportunity to
    disgrace PDP right in front of the people else it’s just a charade. i’ve
    attended town hall meetings arranged by a party who practically
    determine the attendance and pulse of the gathering. let’s be more
    liberal with practically robust politics instead of all this hide and
    seek strategies to score cheap points.

    • tundemash

      was the opposition invited to the GEJ/Dbanj debate in 2011 ?
      Use your vote as u wish on FeBuhari 14th.

      • auracool

        let’s get the fact untwisted, while BON was up to organizing a debate, GMB quickly arranged with tony dara for a one sided debate which GEJ in other to make redicule of GMB’s vain smartness opted for a celebrity interview. so it’s not the first time GMB has been circumventing procedures

        • tundemash

          to be honest, i couldn’t understand your gibberish. Can u please go through and correct your statements to make it readable.

          Again, use your vote as u wish on FeBuhari 14th !

          • auracool

            confessing ur inadequacy is admirable tho’

          • tundemash

            Mr. Shekau clone …. have gone thru that gibberish you wrote once again …..and what exactly is the inadequacy ?

          • Otile

            Yes, you understood him very well. They guy is articulate, if Buhari shows up @auracool will defeat him in debate.

          • Walter

            I honestly couldn’t understand what he was trying to say. Lol! What a waste of space.

    • Babandum

      “…while APC too will have their opportunity to disgrace PDP right in front of the people else it’s just a charade.” So you think Nigeria is a game of disgrace me I disgrace you?

      • auracool

        disgrace here is figurative even if it werent let me ask, hasn’t every move of APC been to embarrass PDP by all means? so won’t it be only proper that they do so on a balanced ring?

  • Charles Amos

    what do the apc mean by it has been compromised, but yet the vice presidential candidate attended the same debate, is Buhari not intellectually capable to say to all Nigerians his plans to change Nigeria.Or he only those that is Rallies where he can not be asked direct questions about his agenda.

    • Jumoke

      Continue waiting for Buhari, you will remain there. Why don’t you face your beloved Dumbo?. The man that dumped Nigeria’s money in South Africa and ran away. Let him go and debate South African airport police first.

  • Babandum

    Masterstroke! APC is full of geniuses. Now I would rather engage a candidate in a town hall meeting than be screened out of a presidential debate because I refuse to submit my questions to the organizers! Again APC has shown that it is more people-friendly.

    • Timothy Aseer

      People friendly? are you kidding me? Cant you see the man is afraid of subjecting himself to public scrutiny? Are you that daft?

    • Otile

      More idiotic you might say,

  • Festus

    Hummmmm……good one there.. APC. This is wise and thought-through.

  • peaceometer

    BRAIN AT WORK, KUDOS

  • Timothy Aseer

    Amazing how some idiots here are commending Buhari’s intellectual laziness. What a wasted generation of Nigerians.

  • Ms Osu

    why didnt Buhari invite GEJ to this town hall meeting?? at least if he thinks the other debates have been compromised this one is his own doing they can argue fairly and tell us what it is exactly they want to do in the next 4 years. Buhari knows that he is not intellectually sound that’s why he doesn’t want GEJ present at the meeting. Pls Nigerians shine your eyes oooo do we want a decelerated administration? if he cant stand and face GEJ now how will he rule our nation?

    • disqus_5im86Y8yEJ

      GMB’s focus and interest are not on GEJ, but on the electorates and that is what he is facing, I will advise GEJ to follow suit, connecting with the electorates and stop worrying themselves on GMB…

      • Otile

        The certificate forger is a greedy man, his focus is on the mineral wealth of SE SS.

        • JustMe

          Abeg Otile make una chop the oil. The noise you people make amaze me. They gave your man Jona the chance to better your lives but did he? if that was the only thing he did – used the oil money judiciously for those in SS and SE after years of neglect, he would NOT have people in his backyard calling for his head.

          • JustMe

            The truth is that even if those from SS and SE are given autonomy to manage the oil (with the way Jona has done and the likes of Tompolo and Dokubo et al.), they would SELF-DESTRUCT!

          • Otile

            You mean self-destruct as you people are doing NE, nah, we are too civilized to follow your example.

          • JustMe

            Guy I be Edo babe and if you are blind to see how backward this country has become, then too bad. As for me FEBUHARI is it!

        • Walter

          Eat the Oil ohhh. 6 years and that place is still so very under-developed.

    • Walter

      GMB is not quarreling against GEJ. He’s going to the people who really need the change. THE MASSES. That’s the best way to reach them. Not by television shows where some people don’t have power to generate to watch.

    • tundemash

      has Dbanj turned down Dumbo or why the obsession with FeBuhari ?

    • Onike24

      Jonathan is Persona non gratia,

  • MushinSpeaks

    Direct conversation with the masses…this is far better than Debate where few people just have access to the candidates.

    Great move here APC…CHANGE we want.

  • Obinna Anya

    In this One on one interactive sessions how many town halls will be visited within the country before the election starts? The essence of these debates is to be able to connect with your people which i believe the interactive session will do. but the question is this, which platform is large enough to reach out to more people?

    • Ms Osu

      thank you is APC trying to tell us they want to rally again? causei don’t know how they intend to go round the country again for town hall meetings!!! it doesn’t make sense….. GMB should have gone to school………….

      • Sani

        Perhaps, it does not make sense to you. It does make sense to us members of the APC and we give kudos to our Executive for smelling rat from the onset. PDP wanted to use the debate to sell a product that is unsellable. They gave advance questions in the form of expo to GEJ in order to have an edge over Buhari at the debate. Unknown to the PDP, GEJ cannot muster the sort of votes in a debate with Buhari even he knows the questions and answers before hand. His interviews with Christian Amanpour and Isay Cisse points to a fact that once GEJ is put on the spotlight, he does not remember any session he has had with this handlers. GEJ is no match for Buhari in any debate.

  • MACKENS

    What good reason does APC have for not attending the debate apart from the fact that the party and her presidential flag bearer won’t be able to adhere to the rules of the game. And with this it will be easy for the viewers to know that the party have nothing new to offer Nigeria an Nigerians.
    Another thing is that the party is synonymous with violence and the call to violence, therefore it will be difficult to have them under control in such a confinement.

    • tundemash

      They want Dumbo to debate Dbanj as he did in 2011 or has Dbanj also turned Dumbo down ?

  • Wähala

    This is exactly what I suggested when news broke that APC will boycott the landmine debates set up by Dumbo’s cronies. On SR I said, “the campaigns should allocate time for Q&A with the candidates” so they can field questions directly from ordinary Nigerians on their rally stops. Kudos! to Amaechi et al, for listening to common sense advise. It’s now up to the PDP to make available their mumu for a chit-chat with Nigerians on his running of the country in the past 6yrs. Let all the candidates debate Nigerians and convince them on why they should vote for their political party on Feb 12…
    Great move APC, RESPECT!

  • Amir

    If 80% of Nigerians do not have electricity due to the incompetence of Dr Jonathan in providing power, what is the use of a debate that cannot even be watched at Aso Rock except with generator? Better APC meet the people at a Town Hall than meet Power Destruction People at night.

    • Hard truth

      Yet Osibajo participated and answered questions? What with that? Buhari is clueless without a written script, that is.

      • Spoken word

        Is it that PHD mumu that knows anything.How can a PHD holder be as dumb as a drum.

        • Walter

          More like as empty as a drum my man. You can tell by the way he speaks. No command, no authority, nothing. No Charisma!

          • Spoken word

            For someone that has a PHD.his command of the English language is nil.

          • Onike24

            He looks up to his aides!!!! Who does that?

  • Hard truth

    This is a smoke screen. A careful look at the centre chosen shows a party hiding something. APC has chosen states where it can gather yes men and party psychophants to ask questions that suit their ego. Buhari can’t answer questions independently without already written script and the support of Prof. Oshibajo by his side. Is this the best that 170 million people can put forward?

    • Anonymous

      Ask them abi us o

    • Spoken word

      hard truth ko soft lies ni. We have seen what a PDP government can do. Time to try an alternative which is APC, not because they are saints, but because democracy is the right to change. No to postponement of Elections.

  • Wisdom-Ivo Gideon Ifeanacho O.

    With all due respect, GMB should have told Nigerians he is a magician. Who is deceiving who? I guess Tinubu has adviced GMB to make promises beyond proportion so that he[Tinubu] could find his way to aso rock so as to loot and pillage our country.. but u people have failed as Nigerians are wiser than ur antics and will demonstrate that come feb. 2015.

    • Spoken word

      Sai Buhari Sai Baba.

    • Sani

      What sort of magic are you inferring? A precedent has already been established by GEJ when he failed to show up for the debate in 2011. Why the fuss this time around when GMB and his party decide to stay away. I would like to place it on record that GEJ will not be able to muster the sort of votes people like FFK think he can muster with a debate. GEJ is characterised by a lot broken promises and no amount of persuasion will turn the tide of defeat. Buhari happens to be the candidate who can deliver on his promises. So, debate is not the issue. Taking the path of a town hall meeting indicate the APC are ready to dialogue with Nigerians. This is true because it is extremely difficult to influence what Nigerians will ask because it is a face-to-face discussion. In a debate, only the moderators ask the questions while all audience looks on. If you put side-by-side town hall meeting and debate, I would say a town hall will provide the desired outcome. Last but not least, it is important to highlight that debates do not produce the best in candidates, particularly in a democracy like that of Nigeria where accountability is at its lowest ebb. It is no gainsaying to say that in most cases introverts by nature, do outperform extroverts because saying and doing are two different things. What we need is less talk less and doing more. It is important to note that in the event of a debate, GMB will outdo GEJ is not good in English. So enough of the diversion. We only have a few days to the elections.

      • JustMe

        Don’t mind the noise makers. They have run out of ideas whilst APC being extremely innovative. At the so called debate would they have boldly asked Jonathan the where-about of the N30 trillion. The answer is ‘NO’ so I don’t understand the need to attend such one-sided/ non-conscience provoking/ corruption-saddled debate. Mtchewwwwwwwwwwww!

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Nothing could be more dangerous to the existence of this
    Republic than to introduce religion into politics’’

    –Robert Green Ingersoll

    These are dangerous times to be a Nigerian. As a people,
    we should all be alarmed at how the line between religion
    and politics has been blurred by our leaders in gross
    violation of the status of our country as a multi-religious
    society where leaders are forbidden by the constitution to
    promote one religion at the expense of another. But since
    the inception of the President Goodluck Jonathan
    administration, we have seen how our leaders have openly,
    with disregard for our constitution used their official
    positions to promote religion while allowing religious leaders to meddle in the political affairs of our country. I consider the trend harmful and dangerous for our peaceful co-existence as a nation.

    For example, the President has spent the better part of his
    administration hopping from one religious place of worship
    to the other not minding how his dalliance with religion
    offends the sensibilities of Nigerians and violates the
    constitution. Our leaders have widened Nigeria’s religious
    fault lines, polarised and caused unhealthy rivalry among the faiths and their leaders. There is no doubt that there is a link between the dangerous trend of mixing religion with
    politics and the toxic political climate that has characterised politics in this administration.

    Really, every Nigerian should be scared by the dangerous
    and toxic religious and ethnic rhetoric that has dominated
    political discourse. The intolerance that has characterised
    the political environment, if not checked, will throw our
    country into chaos and may consume us all. What is
    happening in our country today reminds one of the hate
    campaigns that led to the Rwanda genocide and the
    religious clashes between Muslim and Christian rebels which have caused the death of thousands of people in CentralbAfrican Republic.

    It must scare us that our politicians, in their bid to retain or
    take power, are throwing caution to the wind. They are
    invoking hate campaigns and setting up religion or their
    leaders against themselves. They simply do not care if the
    country is set ablaze. One notable politician was recently
    criticised for wishing another politician dead. That is how
    low political discourse has sunk in our country. At political
    campaigns, politicians beat war drums through rhetoric that creates divisions along ethnic and religious lines. It is reallynscary to see our politicians carry on without any thought asnto how their words and actions may signal an end to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

    Our democracy can certainly not grow in an atmosphere
    dominated by primordial ethnic and religious sentiments
    fuelled by those who aspire to lead us. A situation where
    politicians resort to ethnicity and religion sentiments to whip up support portends grave danger for our country. Rather than engage on issue-based campaign, politicians focus on.personal abuse. Not even during former President Olusegun Obasanjo tenure did we openly display intolerance based on religion. It should worry Nigerians that for the first time, we have seen how the choice for leadership by political parties is being determined along religious considerations. In this administration, we now talk of Catholic-Anglican ticket or Pentecostal-Protestant-Animist ticket. What is happening in our country today is ridiculous and dangerous.

    But I must say that this dangerous trend began in the lifetime of this administration. That is why I deplore the role of President Jonathan in the way he has been carrying on his role as the number one citizen of the country. Since he assumed office as the President in 2011, Jonathan seems to have completely forgotten that he is presiding over a multi-religious society. The President ought to lead by example.

    During the struggle by Nigerians to actualise his presidency as a vice-president at the time of the demise of his principal, the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, and the 2011 elections; Nigerians from all ethnic and religious creeds mobilised for him to become the first minority president. Unfortunately as his presidency has shown in the last six years, Jonathan has been behaving more like an ethnic and Christian president.

    In his six-year as the number one citizen of the country, the
    president has been pandering to ethnicity and religion to
    either whip up sympathy or shore up support for dwindling
    presidential fortunes. But the president must know he is
    neither a Christian nor ethnic president. He is a Nigerian
    president. As our country’s number one citizen, he must
    know that he cannot afford to alienate any part of the
    country based on religion as he has been doing. He cannot
    afford to pander to one religious or ethnic group at the
    expense of the other. That is why Nigerians from all creeds
    voted for him. But the pan-Nigerian mandate that was briefly attained at the inception of his presidency has been frittered by Jonathan.

    The President has no excuse. It is his duty to unite
    Nigerians. But he has done more to polarise the country
    along religious lines than any previous leader did. In the
    years Obasanjo presided over the affairs of the country, he
    never allowed religious leaders have so much influence on
    his administration. With his many faults, Obasanjo could not be accused of promoting or fraternizing openly with
    religious leaders as President Jonathan has been doing.
    During his time, Obasanjo only worshipped at the National
    Christian Centre. He was mindful of his position as the
    President of all Nigerians no matter their faith. He never
    allowed religion or religious leaders have a hold on his
    presidency.

    What do we find today?
    We now have a President who mixes politics with religion to whip up sympathy. President Jonathan seems not to care the harm he is doing to the delicate fault lines that have kept our country on the brink and led to countless sectarian and religious violence. Let me be clear, I do not have issues with the President’s faith. He is free to practise his religion and worship in any church of his choice. But as the President he must do it privately. The President must stop his overt romance with every church and pastor.

    A situation where the President frequents churches, mounts the pulpit to make policy statements or campaigns is not acceptable. For the past six years, the President has
    attended churches that one wonders how he has had time
    for governance. A situation where the churches all over the
    country jostle to invite the President to be a guest is
    distractive and polarising. What is even alarming is how the
    President uses every visit to a church to castigate his
    opponents or make policy statements.

    Already the President’s unbridled dalliance with religion has polarised the church and embarrassed his presidency—the cash-for-arms scandal involving the Christian Association of Nigeria President, Ayo Oritsejafor, the Rev. Father Mbaka controversy and Bishop Oyedepo’s ‘gate of hell’ outburst are few of the embarrassments the President has caused.the country on account of his mixing his religion withnpolitics. It’s time to tell Mr. President to lead by example and stop mixing religion with politics.
    ,,,,,

  • justme

    Stop displaying ur ignorance and illiteracy tru ur so called town hall meetings!!,go for the presidential debate and prove us wrong if u can!!

    • Sani

      It is purely the prerogative of the APC, as a strategy, to stay away from the compromised debate. When GEJ refused to grace such debate in 2011, no one made any out of it.

    • Ukpaka

      Please don’t call anybody ignorant when you can’t even check spellings on your comment. Typical of people calling for Buhari’s certificate when they can’t put a sentence together. @Sani stated it’s the APC’s prerogative what campaign strategy to use. I might ask: Why would anybody want to debate a candidate with little or no record?.
      GEJ can go ahead and debate other presidential candidates. I’m not sure why they are so obsessed with Buhari.

      • Sani

        Thank you for the clarification. It is disingenuous for any Nigerian to believe that PDP is interested in a genuine debate. What they wanted was a debate in which their candidate is aware of the questions and the answers to those questions. At least, they can have something to hold on to from now to February 14. They say Buhari is ignorant about the economy. I challenge any PDP member or apologist in this forum to tell us one economic policy that GEJ conceived on his own. It is all about the economic team. Buhari has promised to put together an economic team that will salvage Nigeria from the ruins of misrule under GEJ. Can someone name one single economic stride that GEJ conceived and delivered on his own. The PDP keep talking about the so-called power sector reforms. Any Nigerian can achieve that if you draw the right technocrats into your government. The world is changing very fast. You do not have to be an Engineer for you to head an Oil company. It is all about team work. Obasanjo is neither an economist not a PhD graduate. But his feat in terms of economy cannot be matched by GEJ. It is all about team work and GMD/Osinbajo ticket is surely a good choice.

        • blueeyedkitten

          shukran! your contributions have been very enlightening.

      • Victoire

        Good points Ukpaka !

    • Passionate

      oh its just you that’s ignorant!

    • JustMe

      Fake ‘justme’. you are the one who is totally deluded. Would you very compare a fake Presidential debate to one that is more interactive and people can ask thought provoking questions. You better make sure you at least attend the one closest to your location so you can be more informed. Mtchewwww! MOVING ON!

    • Victoire

      Was he not at the presidential debate in 2011? Was GEJ present 4 years ago?

  • Fatai Fehintola

    Another excellent innovation, surely better, cheaper and more sustainable than debate!

  • blueeyedkitten

    i concur with this innovation by the apc. however i still think GMB and co should participate in atleast one of the organised debates. if for nothing, atleast to shut any avenue for critics to explore( not that they still wouldn’t find something to cling on).
    the debates may not have any significant effect on the coming election, but then, we want to win by…. atleast 80% insha’Allah. we shouldn’t take any chances at all.

    • Al

      To debate with who?? Ebele or na medina that have failed nigerians? debating with them is like recognising they have done well for nigerians

  • NigeriaNeedsPeace

    THERE IS NO LIGHT TO WATCH ANY DEBATE ON TV!!! That’s y people would rather not waste the fuel in their gen to watch debate when there are more important things like bulbs etc. And by the way, more than 95% of the electorate do not even own TVs at all. The only power they have is their VOTER’S CARD and they plan to use it on Feb 14th!

    • kudirat

      You’re still leaving in the part like your sponsor. Is this how you want to rule Nigeria? Maybe in the sambisa forest where you operate from, there is no light but Nigerians have light and want to hear the so called leader.

      • Walter

        Keep deceiving yourself. Nigeria has light. What a shame.

        • kudirat

          Try and get enlighten on what is happening in the country and pay your bills to enjoy what others are enjoying, abi it is Jonathan to pay your light bill again?

      • Al

        NEPA light in nigeria?? ..this most be day dream kudirat

        • kudirat

          You’re still sleeping when others are awake and moved on. Haven’t the supply of light changed? My area we have constant light unlike before, you need to come to nigeria and leave sambisa forest.

  • Rambunctious Billionaire

    Town hall meeting of APC faithfuls in a staged and controlled environment. Well done oh, Mr no-certificate Buhari

    • tundemash

      atleast not as stage-managed as debate with Dbanj .

    • Umar Mahmud

      So you agree the debate is not going To be in a ” controlled” environment? Politics is a game of numbers. Let those who want certificate president vote for their candidate. Let those who want a no certificate president vote. May the best candidate win. The igbos call politics ” ndorong ndorong….” Pull I pull.. Abi!! Loll .God bless Nigeria .

  • Okey

    Whether town-hall or hall-town meeting, he should talk to us. We have not been shown the question-and-answer session of the “meeting” held in Lagos. Rather we were only served a glimpse of Buhari speech read in speech-reading-session with Fashola and co sitting tightly to Buhari with great anxiety as though Buhari is being programmed as ladder to climb to higher positions by a bunch of extremely inordinate young men and their god-fathers.

    Please, let Buhari hold a one hour question and answer session as obtains in our town hall meetings, if what he prefers to hold is really a Town Hall Meeting.

    • God’s Eagle

      Channels yesterday. “Buhari means Business was aired LIVE”

      • Okey

        just some clips only

  • Hard truth

    There is a precedent. He avoided Oputa panel and did not give a damn what we thought. Buhari is too big to answer question from NIGERIANs so he is too big to govern this nation. Democracy is abou the people.

    • Titi

      Nigerian’s did not ask Buhari for a debate it was Jonathan that asked and he has no morality to talk of issue of governance, especially not with our Buhari. What we asked Buhari is his stewardship to flush out the disease of corruption and indiscipline in governance within the next 4yrs of our nation

    • Sword of Damocles

      My friend dont be bashful, the term “not give a damn” is a copyright wholly owned by your “Ph.D” President. tell the “hard truth” now. In fact that may be the only sentence he is able to put together in english.

  • Omo Akin

    Every Institution of Government in Nigeria became partisan to the point that DSS, Police, Army that were “reading riot acts” to the opposition kept quiet when Asari and the representatives of President Jonathan openly threatened to levy war on Nigeria. The National Orientation Agency head is a campaign officer of the president. NTA will go off air claiming technical problem when a member of the opposition party is being interviewed. All these Institutions could not distinguish between Jonathan as a candidate and all other candidates are entitled to the same treatment that Jonathan gets. They do not know that their salary is not paid from Jonathan’s personal money but from the money that belongs to all Nigerians and they are expected to serve ALL Nigerians. A Police Commissioner in a PDP state obeys every order from the State governor as in Ekiti State but in a non-PDP State, the Commissioner of Police is the defacto governor and can even order tear gas to be fired at the Governor as happened with Amaechi and Fayemi.
    Now, with all these, no one can trust the BON, NTA and all those folks. It appears that PDP was sorely disappointed because the APC candidate avoided their trap. We have listened to off-the-cuff remarks of the President in the past (his definition of corruption, that there is no poverty in Nigeria because Nigerians have private air planes). Without prior knowledge of the questions, there is no doubt that the President will be a disaster at the debate. Given the documentary of lies of Dokpeshi’s AIT, nothing is beyond these people to do to smear Buhari’s reputation. It is a wise decision for APC to boycott the debate.

  • Wähala

    It is not a surprise that Duncee has run away from a debate. In 1993, MKO Abiola was on TV live with Bashir Tofa in a Presidential debate that exposed the truly enviable title of the North as being “Educationally Disadvantaged”. MKO even with his natural limitation of fluency(stammering), coped well and effectively disgraced Tofa Bashir who was a TOTAL misfit. Thus, Duncee is trying to avoid this fate by all means.

    It is sad, that 22yrs after 1993 elections, Duncee and his fellow travelers in the ocean of deception have placed Nigerian elections in reverse gear….and only the critically insane will allude reasons for such stuuuuupidity.

    • Umar Mahmud

      If you think that the north is educationally disadvantaged , why are you asking for their votes. I’m surprised that you would abuse the sensibilities of the north and at the same time beg for the north to give Gej another chance. We take so much pride in the English language that one would think it’s our mother tongue. When Gej said ” How much did Nwobodo stole,, ” I didn’t laugh. Because I have seen other world leader who cannot say in a word of English. Pls get a life!

      • concernednigerian

        GEJ was not reading from a script. It is a common mistake Members of Parliament make even here in UK. We all make such mistakes because of the sequential difference in pronouncement of a thought pattern. That is why lecturers refer to their notes instead of just standing in front of a class to utilise purely lecture method to impart knowledge. GEJ was standing on a campaign platform with all the adrenalin and excitement of campaign and not in an office environment engaged in an interview with journalists or even with you; but some us are certificated in finding faults in others. The Chinese put it in a better way: ‘searching for bones in an egg’. Even Heads of State read from scripts in an address at the UN General Assembly. Can Buhari do that at this stage of his life? He was fit and more than capable to hold his own 30 years ago. The question is; is our best behind us or ahead of us? As regards the educational backwardness of the North, the truth is that an educated Northerner is equal to any educated person from either the South or the Moon. So ignore such utterances. Moreover GEJ is humble even to a fault hence will never look down on anybody. You and I know that.

        • Umar Mahmud

          If you are looking for incorruptibility, Buhari is your answer. If you are looking for some one that would take you to the all African games, workout in the gym, then maybe GeJ is your man. The fault is his handlers. When the girls were kidnapped they told him , it’s a lie. The First Lady didn’t help matters. Poor handling and very selfish advise from advisers. May the best candidate win. God bless Nigeria.

      • Omoefe Olayinka Edet

        Dear Umar, I was once young, but now I am very old, but never in my life have I seen the blind lead the sighted. Unfortunately, this has been the case in continent Nigeria with that region of the blind leading the continent for 39/54 yrs with 11/13 Presidents. There is no way Nigeria would have fared better and progressed with the blind leading the sighted. NEVER!.

        • Umar Mahmud

          I was hoping you would conclude your submission by saying saying IJN or by the grace of God. But you ended by saying “NEVER”. Never say NEVER. It’s only God almighty that can say ” never” . I’m out of here.

  • taiwo

    Arrangee town hall meetings a clever but irresponsible way of shying away from debates.One can’t help but wonder what exactly it is that Buhari is hiding

    • Victoire

      what was GEJ hiding in 2011?

  • taiwo

    We are screaming we need change we need change and I agree we do but where I differ with many doing this screaming is that I desire a change for the better and not reverse gear change . In sane climes the opposition candidate is the one that needs to prove to the electorates that he/she will be better than the incumbent . He is the one that should be in our faces constantly spreading his gospel and encouraging us to have confidence in his ability and desire to effect that change we need but nope this is not the case. In Nigeria the main opposition candidate Buhari has avoided every media debate which would have been golden opportunities for him to sell himself to us considering the fact that he has practically said nothing in his campaign trips. The sad aspect of this grossly disappointing behaviour is that those chanting Sai Buhari see nothing wrong in it. Some are even running around social media saying there is no need for this general to do the debates as it adds no value to his electoral chances. Hmmmm I agree with them because they have realised that this general is apparently intellectually bereft and cerebrally hollow and a public media drilling would expose him and therefore dwindle his electoral chances which are only hyped on social media.
    Sai Buhari my foot!!!!

  • Iskacountryman

    dummy…if we have not held buhari and apc accountable, why arik which is a private business and the only thing you can do is fly away with your feet…did arik force you at gunpoint to buy their ticket?…some eboes, when they stay in yariba land too long, they become dumb…

  • ahmed zubair

    ARIK AIR HAS BEEN A NIGHTMARE FOR ME. I HAVE HAD FLIGHTS RESCHEDULE TO 11 PM IN THE NIGHTS FROM 5 PM. I HAVE BEEN USHERED TO THE TERMINAL TO BOARD AND THE NEXT THING YOU HEAR IS OUR PLANE IS FULL AND YOU’LL HAVE TO BE RETURNED TO THE WAITING ROOM. THE WORST PART IS THAT NONE OF THEIR MANAGEMENT STAFF WILL COME TO GIVE EXPLANATION OR WHAT IS THEIR RESOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. IMAGINE A BUS TRANSPORT FASTER THAN A FLIGHT YOU PAYED FOR AND YOU GOING HOME IN THE DEEP OF THE NIGHT. I KNOW THE BOND BETWEEN THEM AND THE AUTHORITY THAT MANAGES THE AIRLINE OPERATOR WILL STILL BE IN THE OPEN