Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu
In line with a report by The PUNCH, there was a gentle drama on Friday night throughout a debate organised by BBC Information Pidgin for candidates within the September 19 Edo State Governorship Election as Governor Godwin Obaseki excused himself from the talk simply at the start.
Obaseki, who’s searching for re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, had featured briefly within the digital debate however stepped out to attend one other assembly.
The governor requested the moderator and his co-panelists to permit his deputy, Philip Shaibu, to proceed the talk in his stead.
This growth drew the ire of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who objected to the concept, insisting that he wouldn’t debate with Shaibu.
Obaseki mentioned, “First, I wan’ thank una say una invite me come this programme, make we debate amongst ourselves, make we match discuss wetin we wan do for the individuals of Edo State.
“However make I first begin by apologising. You see, as I dey now, I no dey Benin. I needed to journey on emergency this night come someplace. And the assembly dey crucial. However abi inform una, so my deputy dey on floor. E no get something wey I dey do wey im no know.
“So, I say out of respect, make I first do that opening spherical, I’ll rush go the assembly, and hopefully my deputy go proceed.”
Reacting, Ize-Iyamu mentioned, “Abeg make I discuss small for wetin Governor Obaseki discuss. This debate na for governorship candidates, no be wetin den dey delegate. If he no go match keep, he no go match keep.
“However say he wan’ comot make im deputy go come dey observe us debate, I no get hand for that one. If he no dey prepared, make im no say, he no wan’ debate with us.
“But when he needs to debate, he has to remain however me no go sit down with im deputy. If na deputy personal, I am going name my deputy make im come discuss with im deputy. No be me and im deputy dey debate, na governorship debate.”
Obaseki later left Ize-Iyamu and Jones Osagiobare of the Younger Progressives Social gathering to proceed with the talk. His deputy, Shaibu, didn’t, nevertheless, characteristic on the debate however the governor resurfaced after about an hour, in direction of the top of the talk.
The 2 main candidates within the election had on Sunday shunned a governorship debate organisation by the Esan Improvement and Transformation Initiative which was moderated by the Senior Pastor of Lagos-based church Trinity Home, Ituah Ighodalo.