The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state has warned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, that he must not run away from Channels television gubernatorial debate, as he had shown a penchant for giving flimsy excuses for non-appearance in debates.
APC’s feelings were communicated in a statement by the Chairman of the Edo State APC Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki on Thursday, where he also promised that the people wold be treated to erudite debate from the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
He said, “Anyone that can prevail on Mr Governor to be present at the Channels debate should do so, so that he can rescue some of his chances of victory at the polls. His absence from two debates already has put people on edge. Why is he shying away from answering questions if he knows that he has truly done enough to warrant re-election?
“As for the APC, don’t worry, all your questions will be answered by the erudite and sagacious politician, who is most fit and proper to be Governor of Edo state come November 12, 2020. If he runs from the Channels debate, Edo people will make up their minds on him as an unserious fellow, who was never prepared for governance. There is enough time for him to arrange all his schedules, so no excuse of ‘I have to meet up with another appointment’ will come up, just as in the BBC experience or the earlier one organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group in which the Governor claimed he never got invite for participation.”
Meanwhile, the APC campaign spokesman explained that debates were a very important part of free and fair democratic election, adding that all the advanced countries of the western world adopted debates because it allowed people to have a glimpse of how brilliant and purposeful the different candidates can be when faced with each other’s ideas.
“If you wanted to buy a product,” he said, “would you not like to compare the specifications of all the available options?”