- Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom reportedly shuns a BBC governorship debate ahead of the 2019 election in the state
- The debate was not also attended by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Nsima Ekere
- Adejuwon Soyinka of the BBC said they both explained that they would be on official assignments outside the state
The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel, and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nsima Ekere, on Thursday, January 17, reportedly shunned a governorship debate organized by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
They were both absent at the BBC news pidgin governorship debate held in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom.
Governor Emmanuel is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Vanguard reports that the debate held for two hours with live audience and it held at the ‘Theatre’, University of Uyo.
It was attended by four other governorship candidates including Iboro Otu of Abundance Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Nature Udoh of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ezekiel Nya Etok of Young Democratic Party (YDP) and Ekong Eyo of Peoples Progressives Party (PPP).
“This is the first governorship debate organised by the BBC News Pidgin.
“We chose to come to Akwa Ibom because of the interesting development in politics in the state and similar debate will hold in Port Harcourt on January 21st,” said organisers of the debate.
The editor of the BBC pidgin service, Adejuwon Soyinka, however, said the two candidates gave reasons that they were on official assignments outside the Akwa Ibom state.
He said they pleaded for another date convenient for them.
The information commissioner in the state, Charles Udoh, explained the absence of the governor at the debate.
“Following an invitation extended to Governor Emmanuel to participate in the BBC pidgin English debate alongside other gubernatorial candidates and a clash of the time for the debate with another official function outside the state that is of grave importance, the governor in a telephone conversation with the BBC team appealed for a shift of time to enable him attend,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Akwa Ibom state governor and governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Udom Emmanuel, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The governor unveiled the 172 pages manifesto on Wednesday, January 16 while flagging off his campaign at the Uyo township stadium.
It also reported that the Akwa Ibom state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) , noting that they are impressed with the governor's scorecard in his first tenure.
The state chairman of the NLC, Comrade Etim Ukpong, made the position of the workers union known during a consultation visit by the state governor at the Workers Solidarity Centre, Atan Offot, Uyo, the state capital.
He spoke of Governor Emmanuel's lofty programmes, stressing that he has succeeded in making the state a destination of choice given his development strides and assured him of the workers support to his second term bid.
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