A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Ibadan - Both former governors Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, who are both contesting the governorship election under Accord Party (AP) and Labour Party (LP) respectively, were conspicuously absent at the maiden edition of ‘The Big Debate’ organised by the Radio Nigeria, Ibadan.
The debate was organised for all the governorship candidates in the state to discuss their programmes for the people of the state.
But the two of candidates stayed away, although with an excuse from Ladoja that he could not come because of earlier information he got somewhere that most of the contestants would send representatives while Akala simply sent apology for not coming.Also read: Group to organise debate for presidential, governorship candidates
However, no fewer than six other governorship candidates, Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Seyi Makinde of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Teslim Kolawole Folarin of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olaide Olayiwola of KOWA party, Samson Olalere of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Taiwo Otegbeye of Action Alliance (AA) participated in the debate.
During the debate, Folarin, Olayiwola, Ajimobi and Olalere supported the introduction of the state police, which was opposed by Makinde on the ground that as laudable and desirable as it is, the level of the politicians’ intolerance negate its desirability.
All the candidates agreed on the implementation of free education if elected, but, they all, except Ajimobi, faulted the current system said to be non-result oriented in view of the mass failure in public examinations.
Makinde, who hinged his programme on poverty eradication, insisted on free education, saying having benefited from a similar programme in the past, he believed only through education could he achieve his mission.
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