By Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis
The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, on Thursday, said that the newly-released schedule of rallies and activities of the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is a working draft that is subject to changes.
Keyamo said this in a phone chat with our correspondent after he released a revised timetable hours after the original schedule was released.
In the schedule of activities, Tinubu is expected to kick off his inaugural rally in Jos, Plateau State capital on November 15.
The development is coming after the party initially settled for Ilorin, Kwara State capital three weeks ago after a series of postponements following negotiations and disagreement among the party chieftains including governors and party National Working Committee over the exclusion of their nominees from the campaign list.
The PUNCH reported that the campaign season officially kicked off on September 28 while Tinubu was away in London having his vacation.
While presidential candidates of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party, Peter Obi, among others, have begun their campaign in different regions respectively, their counterpart in the ruling APC prefers to continue with his consultation with stakeholders.
A couple of hours after it went viral on Thursday, the APC campaign council released an amended schedule of activities and timetable.
While the date of the presidential campaign rally, which officially begins in Jos on November 15 remains intact, an arranged dinner with campaign patrons in Abuja was postponed from November 6 to 8.
There will be an interfaith town hall meeting in Abuja on November 9 and another in Calabar three days later.
According to the revised timetable, there will be series of rallies in Delta (19), Imo (21), Adamawa (24), Ogun (26), Enugu (29) and Sokoto (30) respectively.
Between December 4 and 10, the campaign team will embark on international engagement with stakeholders in Diaspora.
When quizzed on why the timetable was amended again, Keyamo told our correspondent that the schedule of events and dates was a working draft, which is still subject to further adjustment.
He said, “They are all subject to change or amendments as we progress due to human nature. Nobody expected the flood, for example. But it came, and all of a sudden, it slows down activities and all that.
“So this is a working draft. At least, we have a draft to work with. My final comment on this is that it is Ceteris Paribus. That is, all things being equal.”
On why the party changed its venue from Ilorin to Jos in the space of three weeks, the minister declined comment.
“I have no further comment on that. The reason for those decisions – we are not going to tell the public,” he said.