As Anambra prepares to elect a new Gov, a debate for candidates has taken place. Here's how everyone fared.
Ahead of its November 18 governorship election, Anambra staged a televised debate which focused on issues ranging from debt servicing, education, growing internally generated revenue and infrastructure provision, among others.
The debate was made possible by ChannelsTV and anchored by the network’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye.
Pulse rates the five candidates who participated in the debate, on the strength of their grasp of subject areas, delivery, eloquence, confidence and nuance.
1. Godwin Ezeemo (Progressive Peoples Alliance)
Touted his business credentials on one too many occasion, but appeared to wither and burn as the debate wore on.
He made solid points concerning the manufacturing and agriculture sectors, however.
Had a torrid time marshalling his policy prescriptions and ideas.
His energy waned alongside his ideas as the debate progressed.
Ezeemo had a late rally, but it was too little too late.
2. Osita Chidoka (United Progressive Party)
Gave as good as he got with some solid points to go with his energy levels.
There were times when his policy prescriptions appeared quixotic and dreamy, but the former boss of Nigeria’s road safety agency emerged from this debate with some pride.
However, hobnobbing with the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (Nnamdi Kanu) did rattle him and his answer on that front left much to be desired.
Chidoka had a good debate and took on incumbent Governor Willie Obiano without flinching. However, he still has a lot to prove ahead of voting day.
3. Willie Obiano (All Progressive Grand Alliance)
He flaunted his experience and power of incumbency like a bad coin throughout.
He was rattled on questions bordering on infrastructure and Anambra’s debt profile.
Suffice to say Obiano didn’t emerge from this debate smelling of roses.
He was on the defensive for most of the duration of this show and threw in some sense of humour for effect—which often brought the debate to life.
Not a bad showing overall, but probably left a few voters wary. However, his saving grace will hinge on the strength of his first term performance on the ground where it really matters.
4. Oseloka Obaze (Peoples Democratic Party)
Feisty, brilliant and eloquent, Mr. Obaze did his election chances no harm on the night.
He was the best performer by a long, long mile.
Obiano scoffed at his experience and readiness for the job, but Obaze fought back gamely. Did enough to show he can be a steady pair of hands if elected.
His policy prescriptions were often on point as well and he talked a big game.
However, like they say, talk can be very cheap.
5. Tony Nwoye (All Progressives Congress)
Still has a tough job convincing voters he’d be the man.
Strong on infrastructure but soft on everything else that mattered on the night.
However, Nwoye grew as the debate progressed. He also sounded like a man who won’t deliver too much without some form of federal support.
His political party is also derided in the Southeast and that could cost him dearly at the ballot.
There was that moment when he was taken up on his activities from University. Nwoye did the most natural thing–he pulled on the gloves and engaged the anchor.
He can also be a tough customer and that was good to see on the night.