- The recent presidential debate organised by the NEDG and BON continues to generate reactions
- The absence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC has generated more discourse around the debate
- The presidential candidate of the People’s Trust (PT), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has challenged the duo to a presidential debate following thei absence at the debate
The presidential candidate of the People’s Trust (PT), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has challenged the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to a presidential debate following the duo’s absence at the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).
According to Olawepo-Hashim, “Nigerian electorates deserve to scrutinize the candidates and programmes of the two behemoth that have come to be known as the two evils of Nigerian politics. Their absence under whatever excuse(s) shows their contempt for the electorates.”
He, however, congratulated the other presidential candidates who showed up at the debate for their brilliant performance at the debate.
“The three candidates advertised to the world, a teaser of what stuff new generation of political leaders are made off,” he stated.
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The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria candidate; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Fela Durotoye; the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria and Professor Kingsley Moghalu; the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party were the only ones at the debate.
Olawepo-Hashim however, called on the NEDG/BON to organize another debate to include his party, People’s Trust.
“We have complained about this in the past, a new debate will be a good way to cure the debate platform of that error. There is no problem in making a mistake by excluding us, but it will be dishonourable not to seize a good opportunity to correct your error,” he said.
The PT presidential candidate further called on the organizers to also include promising politicians like Omoyele Sowore and others who may be interested in the next round of the debate.
According him, it is fundamental not to allow the APC and PDP escape public scrutiny.
He emphasized it will not matter to them if APC is represented by another person other than the President Buhari, “who obviously is unfit and does not have the presence of mind for long conversation.”
“We are persuaded now that we can excuse Mr. Buhari; all we want is to scrutinize the APC record at a proper presidential debate. Nigerians have a right to that debate,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki has warned that many of those seeking power at this year’s general elections had failed Nigeria in their respective capacity.
Mrs Saraki made this claim while delivering her speech at the 2018 edition of Daily Trust African of the Year award in Abuja on Wednesday, January 16.
Mrs Saraki, who was the chairperson of the occasion, reeled out some statistics to back up her claims.
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