Spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo has said that the president isn’t camera shy, as regards the calls for debate for presidential candidates in the country.
According to the lawyer, the president had in the past, participated in debates and as such, Nigerians should know that Buhari is more than able to engage in any Television debate.
Keyamo, while speaking on Arise TV on Monday, also noted that Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya did not debate, yet he won the presidential elections.
“In the past, Buhari has taken active part in televised debate, so nobody can argue that he is somebody who is camera shy.”
“So the decision, whether he would take part this time must be a collective decision of the entire ‘war room’. Giving, for example, those who are organising it and all the circumstances taken into consideration.
“I do take as a basic rule that the Nigerian people must hear from their candidates, but the decision as to yes or no cannot be my sole decision.
“The advice will be a collective decision, it is not my advise alone. Don’t forget that you cannot take these things in isolation of the circumstances.
“For instance, it happened in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta refused to take part in debate December last year. Why? He felt the process was skewed.
“At times, some things are designed and you know that they are core people there, who are hostile to government or who are hostile to your candidate as the case may be.
“Either way, Uhuru Kenyatta did not take part in the debate, but he won. He won resoundingly. So, as important as that is, at times the people may also understand.”
Keyamo also spoke about the governorship election in Osun state Guber, which held a few months ago. The DG of Buhari’s campaign organisation, in his explanation, threw serious jabs at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, whom he said got 250,000 votes, just by dancing — and almost became governor just by dancing.
“Look at Osun state recently, I mean, there was a neck-to-neck race and the candidate of the PDP ran away, he was only dancing, and dancing took him to over 250,000 votes, almost becoming governor.”