LESSONS FROM THE 2019 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

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Although it is largely argued that leadership is not a matter of semantics and verbal eloquence, the turnout of events at the presidential debate which held on 19/01/2019 could push one to fault or reason beyond the boundary of this school of thought.

The fundamental issue that caught ones attention in the debate is the absenteeism of the renowned presidential aspirants, Muhammadu Buhari of the APC and Atiku Abubakar under the auspices of the PDP, who would have used the envisaged absence of the incumbent present to prove his competence and strengthen his fan base. If he could travel to the U.S just to prove Mr president wrong on allegations of corruption, one begins to wonder why such a measure cannot be replicated in this case by appearing for the debate amidst all odd.

Present at the debate were candidates of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, Dr Obi Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN).

A very striking point connected to these three is their satisfactory performances deduced from their responses to critical questions that anchored on disturbing developmental theme. This depicts their consciousness and commitment to launch Nigerians to taking the pivotal role rather than maintaining the passengers seat in the political scheme of things (people oriented politics).

With reference to the duo absentees (candidates of the APC and PDP), they have succeeded in communicating and commissioning their gross incompetence to Nigerians and lack of manifesto which in turn downplays their mission statement in the presidential pursuit.

Their draconian and tyrannic tendencies have also been unveiled as people who can not play by the rules through their absence. Rulership rather than leadership defines their involvement in their already distorted presidential journey better described in the words Dr Obi Ezekwesili as “the subduing of the will of the people by the cap and caprices of political demagogues that operate a governance of salvagry without consequences”.

In a nutshell, the turn out of the debate triggers an ideological switch of Nigerians , opening the eyes of the political blinds to see that there are more reliable and well abreast leaders to drive Nigerians on the path of development. This initiates a call for diversion from party weight and money bag politics to a more people oriented style of governance, displayed by the presence of the three aspirants at the debate, portraying them as carriers of the required antecedents to parachute the nation to greater height .
Its time to halt the continuous chorusing of the acronyms APC and PDP that stand as celebrities of the political season and pave way for candidature choicing beyond sentiments rather built on realistic considerations base on weighing intellect.

The time to bid the old hacks whose brain boxes have obviously been damaged by tiredness suffered from launching campaigns across the country and all manner of political acrimony is now or never. This can in brevity be described with the words of Farooq Kpogheri as “The alteration of the senility of intellect and a double jeopardy”.

The choice Nigerians make devoid of sentiments in this election will salvage the nation from the consistent wallowing over ill governance they should be held accountable for and not the political class as generally assumed.

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