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IF 2019 ELECTIONS WILL HOLD, ORIGINAL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES MUST DEBATE – OBY EZEKWESILI

 

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“Silence is a crime, Nigerians should come out and ask for accountability, good governance, credibility. They should make sure they monitor their elections in 2019 and should never leave the polling units until what needs to be done is done”.

This was the total sum up of the debate at the 2nd edition of the Osasu Show Symposium which took place at the NAF Conference Center, Abuja on the 22nd of November 2018 where all presidential candidates  representing various political parties gathered to share with Nigerians, their plans if choosen to run for the next four political years.

Present at the conference included former governor of Rivers state Hon. Rotimi Ameachi, Oby Ezekwesili the presidential candidate for ACPN, former minister of youth Mal. Bolaji, governor of Abia state Okezie Ikpeazu, the lawmaker from Kogi state Dino Melaye and a host of many other political stakeholders.

Majority of the candidates spoke on tackling issues of security, job creation, poverty alleviation, rule of law and building the economy of Nigeria. When the representative from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) spoke about Atiku’s plan on privatization, he argued that the Atiku’s government would focus on regulatory role instead of running role.

Situation of the conference went a little out of order as the youths started screaming “sit-down” when the minister of transport Hon. Rotimi Ameachi started to speak on behalf of APC.

Relating to the failure of APC not represented at the debate, Oby Ezekwesili  expressed disappointment on how the other presidential candidates has disrespected Nigerians by not showing up in persons to state and explain their policy plans and how they intend to implement them. She further called for youths to join her in the call that “all original presidential candidates must debate”.

The meeting however, ended with political stakeholders expressing themselves on how Nigerians should demand for accountability from their leaders and that it is time to collectively say no to voting based on tribe, religion sentiments or even party. Instead, it should be based on what is good for Nigeria in terms of national development.

Suggestions for policy plans for the next presidency come 2019, were given by the youths present and it included working on the sports, statistics and environmental sectors.

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