Osun Governorship Election Debate Held On Saturday With Rauf Aregbesola As Only Present Candidate



The Osun Governorship Election Debate held on Saturday with Rauf Aregbesola as the only candidate present, but controversies have continued to trail the organization of the event. With the absence of the other gubernatorial contestants, Mr. Aregbesola, the State governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ended up having all the time allotted for the ‘Manifesto Hour’ to himself. He was contacted him on Saturday, Iyiola Omisore, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, candidate said that he was not properly invited to the debate. He added that he only received a text message on Saturday morning. However, in a press statement released shortly afterwards, Mr. Omisore accused the APC of financing the debate. “Senator Omisore is ever ready to debate with other aspirants to present his vision and mission,” said the statement issued by Diran Odeyemi, Mr. Omisore’s Director of Media and Publicity. “As a widely known public figure, the PDP candidate has embarked on an unprecedented campaign model, reaching directly voters in all the Political wards and at times in voting units across the state. Any opportunity to share vision of how to rescue Osun State from the mess by the APC government is welcome,” Mr. Odeyemi said. “The sordid organization on the part of the organizers also raised questions about their credibility and financiers. “Our checks confirmed that the organizers operate from Government House in Oshogbo while they work for an organization financed by the APC political family,” Mr. Odeyemi said. “Worldwide, election debates are organized by professionally impartial body demonstrating the highest level of professional competence. “No responsible political organization will submit to a biased and badly organized election debate especially by a group whose political profile is shady and whose motive is suspect,” he added. The debate organized by the International Republican Institute, IRI, also had Fatai Akinbade, the Labour Party, LP, candidate absent. Efforts to get the organizers of the debate to respond to the accusation of being financed by the state’s ruling party was not successful. SEE MORE ON PAGE2

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