Peter Obi, Kwankwaso confirmed to speak at Chatham House in London

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  • Atiku's invitation is waiting for an official reply
  • Tinubu's performance left for Nigerians to draw their conclusions, says Dr. Alex Vines
  • Presentation to be live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook.

Two other Nigerian Presidential candidates have accepted invitations to speak at the Chatham House in London in January 2023.

Chatham House confirmed to The Standard Gazette that the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is confirmed for Monday, January 16, 2023.

APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and Dr Alex Vines in the John Power Hall at Chatham House in London on December 5, 2022
APC Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and Dr. Alex Vines in the John Power Hall at Chatham House in London on December 5, 2022

Similarly, the Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso,66, will speak at the same venue on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Bola Tinubu, 70, the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was the first to address the audience at the John Power Hall at Chatham House on December 5, 2022.

His visit attracted reactions across Nigeria, as many Nigerians described his performance as woeful.

Questions from the audience concerning his health and source of wealth were deflected to his delegates, leading to the speculations that Mr. Tinubu was not up to the task.

Confirming the candidates' attendance at the Chatham House, Managing Director, Ethics, Risk and Resilience; Director, Africa Programme, Dr. Alex Vines, said, "our invitation for Atiku Abubakar is still waiting official reply."

Another senior Nigerian official, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Yakubu, is also confirmed to speak at the same venue on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

Dr. Vines will "chair all meetings, and each speaker will be given equal respect." When asked what he thought about Mr. Tinubu's performance at the Chatham House, Dr. Vines added, "I leave it to Nigerians like yourself and other observers to draw their own conclusions – my job is to chair professionally these meetings and ensure that the meetings are conducted safely."

Like with Mr. Tinubu, the speech will be live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook in addition to accommodating a full, physical audience.

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