Ahead of the March 2019 governorship polls date, three gubernatorial candidates in Delta state, on Thursday failed to attend the debate hosted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Africa.
Without reasonable excuses, the trio of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP), Great Ogboru (APC) and John Akwara (SDP) did not show up at the exciting debate which held at the Orchid Hotel in Asaba, Delta state capital.
Frank Esanubi (AAC), Brando Omu (AGAP) and Odiakpo Obire (PPA) were however on ground to whet the people’s appetite and anxiety during the debate.
Most Deltans, who attended the successful debate were unhappy that some governorship candidates failed to appear, saying that such disappointment clearly shows the poor attitude of the candidates in relating and interacting with people they intended to govern.
Meanwhile, a tip off from Government House, disclosed to Blank NEWS Online that Governor Okowa held his Security Council meeting at same time of the debate.
The BBC Governorship Debate was to enable the governorship candidates sell their manifestoes to the people in Pidgin English. The debate stretch was to see political candidates questioned on issues around economy, education, health, Infrastructure and creation of jobs in the state.
Recall that the Head of BBC West Africa, Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, had disclosed that the debate aims to bring governance closer to the people by engaging audiences, clarifying the issues as well as bridge the gap between candidates and the electorate.