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Ogboru, Okowa, Emerhor for historic debate


Edo speaker, group differ on exercise

NOTWITHSTANDING the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for six weeks, the stage is set for a historic debate for all Delta State governorship candidates on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

  The event facilitated by a leading management consultancy and workshop facilitator, Doely Intermediaries.

  According to the Project Coordinator, Jude Banye, three candidates; namely, Chief Great Ogboru of Labour Party (LP), Olorogun Otega Emerhor of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were expected to participate in the debate, which kicks off at Grand Hotel, Asaba, Delta State by 7.00pm and would be broadcast live on Channels Television.

  He said: “Many Nigerians do not bother to show up at the voting polls, essentially because there is a lack of close knowledge/understanding of the candidates, their plans and the effects on the ordinary man.  On the 19th of February, the three contenders for the exalted seat of Delta State governor will give up their evening to stand before the people of Delta State and defend their desire to lead Delta State to its next developmental level.

  “They will all be answering questions from a group of carefully selected panelists. Education, health, ethnicity and other developmental issues will be trashed extensively.

  ‘‘The key question is ‘who really deserves our vote?’ The gubernatorial election debate is intended to inform, sensitise and involve voters in the 2015 Delta State political process.” 

  The debate, which will be strictly by invitation, will be preceded by speeches from prominent Delta State political leaders and captains of industry. Doely Intermediaries, which organised the 2011 Election Symposium tagged: One Man One Vote: How Possible, is an independent, nonpartisan management consultancy headed by seasoned business analysts and workshop facilitators working with a team of competent management and media consultants as well as events and project managers.

  With the controversies surrounding the refusal of APC and its presidential candidate to participate in a live debate ahead of election, a group of Concerned People of Oredo in Edo State has frowned at the decision of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe, who is the candidate of the party for Oredo Federal House of Representatives, declining to participate in the political debate organised by a local television station.

  Leader of the group, Curtis Ugbo, while addressing news men in Benin City described the action as an “insult on the Oredo federal constituency that he seeks to represent at the national assembly”.

   But in a swift reaction, Igbe said that he shunned the said debate because he was asked by the organisers to pay the sum of N150, 000 alleging that the media organisation had been partisan in its reports.

   He said that he would have been interested if more credible media organisations were involved than the one that invited.

   “First of all the so called debate that was held on ITV, I assumed it was a debate of all political parties contesting for election not just the APC and the PDP, Am not aware that any other person went for that debate apart from the PDP candidate. So, is that to say the other candidates have something to hide? I was told that to come for the debate I was to pay N150, 000 and I decided that I rather spend my money on better things than to go to a station that is skewed towards the PDP.

   “So if some people that are PDP decide to come together and give themselves a name in Oredo and try to lower my rating, sadly, they have failed. APC is on top in Oredo, it is sad that the PDP can resort to underhand tactics to try to win this election. Let them go to the people and tell them what they have done in Edo State in last 16 years. We in APC know what we have done for the people and that is my strength. We have a track record.”

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