Exclusive: Why Kwara Governor not attending guber debate

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• Governor wrote to us on his absence – Organisers

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday will not be attending the first gubernatorial debate organised by Kwara Tabloid, this medium can confirm authoritatively.

The debate had been planned to engage candidates of the major parties jostling for the governorship in the 2023 polls.

However, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is also the incumbent governor will not be attending due to “key official engagements” on the same day.

According to a credible source, the governor had written to the organisers of the event to notify them of his absence, wishing them a successful outing.

Upon background checks, this medium could not gather information about the definite activities of the governor on Wednesday.

However, we gathered that he has a series of official duties, including key off-the-media engagements, lined up for the day.

We also scooped that he is billed to attend Thursday, a town hall meeting in Offa, where he would be engaging the people on his achievements and plans for the state.

Reacting to the development, a member of the organising committee, who spoke in anonymity, said they were not embittered about his absence.

He confirmed that the committee had received a letter from the Governor on Monday.

“The Governor said he wished he could attend our event, which he considers to be another platform to again engage the critical masses,” the source said.

“However, he said he won’t be able to attend the debate owing to key official engagements on the same day. As much as we would love to have him there, it was good he communicated with us about his absence. We wish him well.”

The gubernatorial campaign begins on the 12th of October ahead of the polls next year.

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