Electorate blast Audu for shunning Governorship debate

By Aiyeku Timothy November 10, 2015 15:36

Electorate blast Audu for shunning Governorship debate

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Governorship candidate in Kogi, Abubakar Audu has come under scrutiny for shunning the governorship debate organized by the Coalition for Popular Participation and Credible Election in Kogi State, CoPPCEK.

The debate which was to involve 22 political parties on Sunday 8 November 2015 recorded a low turnout as the APC candidate and 15 others failed to honour the invitation while candidates of only seven political parties present.

The political debate was jointly organised by Justice Development and the Peace Commission of the Catholic Dioceses of Lokoja and Idah, State Chapters of the Council of Ulamas and Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as well as the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.

The campaign coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Idris Wada, Usman Okai Austin spoke to Post Nigeria and noted that Audu’s action was expected because it is a known fact he “has no regard and respect for anyone.”

      “The issue is he is somebody that people already know. Audu will never allow where he will sit down and be asked questions.

“His lavish style of living will never allow him to answer any question from any debate. After all he will ask ‘who organized it?’

“And who is that person that will ask Audu the ‘Emperor from Orego’ a question?

“He has an attitude problem, he has relationship problems, his ego has overshadowed him. For him to have shunned a debate is normal which we know he will definitely do. He has no regard for anybody so, who is the panel of debate that Audu will have respect for?”

State indigenes say the former Governor boycotted the debate for fear of being asked questions relating to the corruption charges he is facing with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Audu is facing allegations of abuse of office, theft of public funds and money laundering during his tenure as Governor between 1999 and 2003. The scandal is so bad it has allegedly forced President Muhammadu Buhari to keep away from the APC candidate and his campaigns.

See: Buhari snubs Audu’s campaign

The coordinator of the coalition, Leonard Odemeja had said the debate was an opportunity for the candidates to inter phase with the electorate. This opportunity was disregarded by the APC candidate.

      “This debate is basically a platform for the contestants to interphase with the electorates, let the electorate have a good idea of what the candidates have in stock for them.

“This feedback is like more or less a feedback mechanism especially for those who had opportunity to rule the State before to feel the pulse of the electorate as per their performances before and the electorates can now hold them by their words whoever emerges Governor.”