In every civilized society, candidates of political parties lock horns at least once in a debate prior to the election for the electorates to ascertain the level of their preparedness to govern when any eventually emerges. It is more or less like an election before the election. The citizens pay serious attention either to assess the level of their choice candidate or on the other hand to find reasons to condemn the candidates of other parties. It is indeed a serious matter both to the candidates and the voters.
Questions that throw candidates off-balance are asked and they are closely watched - not only their responses but their body languages, comportment, composure and the manner they react to hecklers in the venue
In Edo state, the long-awaited open debate by the party flag bearers in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo state came and gone but not without hitches.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki of the APC who appeared to be less concerned when debates are organized, managed to be in attendance. In the previous debates, it was rumored that he deliberately refused to attend so as not to wash the dirty linen of his principal in the public. But, on social media, and news fora, the story was different. Many political analysts believe that he has a crass knowledge of governance and on this note, the party stalwarts try to cover up his political debility.
The yesterday's debate was organized by channels Tv and news in the grapevine indicates that Mr. Godwin Obaseki probably had a foreknowledge of the questions, else he would not have attended following his track records of not being apt in dialogue and debate.
According to the debate moderator, the candidates that participated were selected based on the magnitude of their campaign and followership. This clearly explains that the successor to Mr. Adams Oshiomhole will surely come from the Labour Party, APGA, APC or PDP.
Nevertheless, if the debate organized by Channels TV is anything to by, then it is abundantly clear that the PDP candidate in all ramification soars above others. He was articulate in giving answers to serious questions. His level of equanimity was tested yesterday as the APC supporters in their usual show of wit, heckled repeatedly as he was responding to questions.
That notwithstanding, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu did not leave any stone unturned in exposing the shoddy and naughty ways of the present administration's governance. The jabs from POI left Mr. Godwin Obaseki repeatedly kissing the canvas until the moderators threw in the towel. His apologists and supporters could not hide their misgivings about his ineptitude
As the election is just some few days away, the citizens are becoming exposed to the extent of damage the present administration caused the state. It was made worse when Mr. Godwin Obaseki goofed by saying that the local governments work in autonomy and as such the payments of salaries were not the duty of the state government.
Consequent upon this obvious lie, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu roared like a lion and pummeled Mr. Godwin Obaseki by further exposing his level of involvement in the state's economic recession, unemployment, the Idisi palaver and his company, to say the least. This again sent GO helpless - and left him incoherent even in issues he ought to be knowledgeable in.
The candidates from APGA and Labour Party also made statements that explain the height of wastage and ruination of the economic prosperity of the state by the APC-led government in the state.
Edo state needs improvement and on the 10th of September should be the pivotal point. Vote wisely, vote Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Iredia Osakue , a political analyst, social commentator on national and global issues wrote from Benin City, Nigeria.