All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate Professor Chukwuma Soludo and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart Senator Andy Uba failed to join others on Friday night. candidates to defend their manifestos.
A socio-political group, Kwechiri Unity Forum, in collaboration with Rise TV, had organized the debate for all 18 candidates for the post of governor of the state, for the elections of November 6, in order to present their programs to the people. .
The debate, entitled: “Election of the governorate of Anambra 2021: facing the voters”, brought together only five candidates.
Those present were candidates from; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, Accord; Dr Godwin Maduka, Alliance of Action (AA); Chief Ben Etiaba, African Democratic Congress (ADC); Dr Akachukwu Nwankpo and Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Colonel Geoffrey Onyejegbu.
Other candidates, who have avoided debate include; Dr. Obiora Okonkwo from Zenith Labor Party (ZLP), Dr. Obiora Agbasimalo from Labor Party, Sen. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), among others.
Arise TV presenter and former President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on media and advertising, Dr Reuben Abati, who hosted the program alongside two panelists, toasted the candidates on their manifestos.
The governors in attendance took the opportunity to talk about their planned programs which covered leadership, economy, agriculture, health, education, infrastructure, security, among others.
A co-organizer of the Kwechiri Unity Forum, Mr. Emmanuel Obieze, who spoke with DAILY POST, said invitations were sent to all applicants and the group made sure they had personally received and acknowledgment of receipt of their invitations.
“I don’t know why they didn’t go. We have invited all the candidates. The idea was to give them the opportunity to defend their manifestos in front of the Anambra.
“I wouldn’t want to say that they are afraid to confront the Anambra people to explain their manifestos, or to say that they don’t have any, because they have not indicated the reason for their absence”, Obieze said.