The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has explained that he missed Monday’s governorship debate due to his campaign rallies at the grassroots.

Akeredolu, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, was noticeably absent in the governorship debate organised by Channels Television last night.

Explaining his absence from the event, the APC governorship candidate, in a letter by the communications secretary of his campaign organisation, Kunle Adebayo, said the debate clashed with his rallies.

The statement reads, “Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) regrets its inability to attend today’s governorship debate organised by Channels Television.

“It is unfortunate that the debate is coming at a time when our grassroots rallies are at their peaks.

“As we speak, Akeredolu is tucked in the deep riverine communities of Ilaje Local Government, most of which have no access to electricity to watch television.

“In view of the demands of this hectic campaign schedule, we therefore regret our inability to honour Channels TV’s call for debate with the remaining time. “

In a related development, the Afenifere Renewal Group, a pan-Yoruba soco-cultural organisation, has endorsed Akeredolu ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.