Ahead of the July 14 Ekiti state governorship election, the candidates of the two major parties: Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Kolapo Olusola-Eleka of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, skipped a debate organised for the candidates on Thursday.
The debate, which was organised by Enough Is Enough Nigeria, a civil society organisation, and Television Continental, was an event where the governorship candidates were expected to articulate and unveil their plans before the Ekiti people and a larger viewing audience across the country.
According to Ngozi Alaegbu, the moderator, the organisers contacted both the APC and the PDP candidates to participate in the debate but did not get a response.
Other candidates who showed up at the event were Abiodun Aluko of the Accord Party, Akinloye Ayegbusi of the Social Democratic and Segun Adewale of the Action Democratic Party.
Nigerian politics has, for years, been characterised by candidates of major political parties skipping crucial debates before elections.
Political analysts claim that these absences at debates deprive the electorate the chance to hear a more concrete plan devised by candidates, as opposed to the more non-specific statements made at campaign rallies.