The All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State Chapter, has described the absence of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Yoruba organized debate for the State gubernatorial candidates last Friday as a manifestation of the candidate’s sheer incompetence and incapability . lack of programmes to move the state forward.
Engineer Sheyi Makinde and Chief Sharafadeen Ali of Zenith Labour Party were absent at BBC Debate held on Friday February at Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan.
Candidates of APC, DAP, ADC and NIP were present at the debate held in Yoruba Language.
The party said that Makinde’s absence was to shield his deficiency and lack of programmes for Oyo state forward stressing that the debate was an opportunity to market his candidature and manifesto to the people as against his consistentl attack of Governor Abiola Ajimobi
The party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Dr AbulAzeez Olatunde in Ibadan on Monday said that another reason Makinde stayed away from the BBC debate was his penchant for character assassination and preaching falsehood against the Ajimobi led administration in the state which would have been easily punctured during the debate.
Dr Olatunde urged the people to pay close attention to Makinde’s words as spreading falsehood and fabrications are in his campaign DNA, noting that the BBC debate was a veritable platform to market his programmes.
He noted that everyone should know that Makinde’s PDP is synonymous with selling our collective patrimony, stating that the presidential candidate of PDP has told the whole world about his plans to sell the country’s holdings like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
“The status of BBC as a reputable media organization is known to the whole world. So, it was a life time opportunity for anyone who is invited for a debate to appear and sell his programmes as well as manifesto. But we can understand Makinde’s absence as his poor command of the Yoruba language, political naivety and lack of basic knowledge in public governance would have been easily exposed,” Dr Olatunde added.