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Okowa Booed As Absence Of Tinubu, Atiku Sparks Outrage At Presidential Town Hall

 

The absence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the ongoing Town hall meeting series organised for candidates gunning for the presidency has sparked outrage.

 

The event was put together by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in collaboration with ARISE Television.

While Atiku asked his running partner, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, to represent him, Tinubu is not represented at the current event.

When some young people protested Okowa’s appearance and claimed that only presidential contenders should be allowed to speak, there was a small amount of turmoil.

They booed the Delta governor while yelling at the top of their lungs, “We want only presidential candidates here.”

Okowa, who was remaining composed, stretched out to the audience and said, “The presidential ticket is one,” but the irate youth yelled, “No!”

Later, though, things returned to normal, and the program started late.

The only presidential candidates present in the town hall were former governor Peter Obi of the Labour Party, senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), and Kola Abiola of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

Atiku and Tinubu have already skipped out on gatherings intended for presidential hopefuls.

Shettima acted as Tinubu’s replacement at the NBA Annual General Conference in August at the Eko Hotels in Victoria Island, Lagos State.

Shettimma had represented Tinubu at the National Peace Accord in September.

Shettimma spoke on behalf of Tinubu at a Women Radio 91.7 gathering for prominent presidential contenders in October at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja.

Atiku skipped the Women Radio event as well.

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