The first presidential debate leading up to the 2019 election held today and there was some drama as Segun Sowunmi, spokesperson of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, and Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transport, had a clash of words.
Sowunmi was attending the debate as a representative of Atiku, who couldn’t make it to the debate while Amaechi attended as an observer.
The debate, which was hosted by The Osasu Show and held at NAF Conference Centre and Suites, is the first debate organized ahead of the 2019 election.
Although the two main contenders, Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari, were absent, the debate had in attendance other presidential aspirants like : Oby Ezekwesili, Alistair Soyode, Tope Fasua among others.
Speaking on the plans of the Atiku campaign as raised by Sowunmi, Amaechi, who was not on the debate panel, raised up his hands to ask questions from the PDP representative.
He said the Atiku-Obasanjo led a privatisation of Nigeria’s assets to their cronies.
“The first question is that they privatised, to who? Who did they privatise to? To themselves, and they are coming back. Then I was a young man, I didn’t have money to buy,” Amaechi said.
“Question number two, let me thank the woman who said power had improved. Under them, with $16 billion, we had 3,000 megawatts of power, now we have 7,000.
“Three, and finally, on railways, we all go to Kaduna. We are talking about railway, who has the railway? Our government right?”.
Responding to Amaechi, Sowunmi said Amaechi, who was a PDP governor for 8 years, was speaking trash.
“An eight-year governor of a state in PDP comes to public space, riding on the alleged integrity of just President Muhammadu Buhari, and speaking trash to the people, what exactly is this,” Sowunmi said.
“Now, we had assumed, we had signed up to an issue-based campaign, and we just want to beg the operators of this present government to stick to the issues.
“We speak about opening up the economy to make sure that those who have the competencies to drive growth must be given the enabling environment to create value, and our people can plug in.”
Sowunmi went on to speak to some of the issues regarding the campaign, on behalf of his principal, saying the government should stick to regulation and let those with capacities run businesses.