On Sunday, September 13, Channels TV aired a live debate between two major candidates in the Edo state governorship election: Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nigerians in a Twitter poll conducted by Legit.ng aired their opinions regarding whom they believe won the debate.
Out of over 800 Twitter users who voted in the poll, 57% stated that Governor Obaseki won the debate while 24% were of the opinion that Ize-Iyamu was the winner.
Also, 2.3% of the respondents said the debate was drawn while 15% expressed indifference.
A similar poll was conducted by Channels TV. Though the poll did not show the number of the respondents, the result indicated Obaseki won the debate.
According to the result, 67.58% believed Obaseki won the debate while 32.42% were of the opinion that the APC candidate, Ize-Iyamu, was the winner.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria's former vice president and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, urged the people of Edo state to vote massively for Governor Obaseki in the September 19 governorship election.
"I urge all duly registered voters of conscience and who truly care about the wellbeing of Edo to turn out enmasse to cast and defend their vote for Governor Obaseki," the former PDP presidential candidate said in a thread of tweets on Tuesday, September 15.
In another report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has begged voters in Edo state to reject Governor Obaseki.
The former Lagos state governor who disclosed this in a broadcast on TVC on Tuesday, September 15, said Obaseki does not deserve any democratic ballot paper and should be voted out.
While noting that Obaseki is not a democrat, Tinubu added that the governor did not partake in the struggle for Nigeria’s democracy.
Still on Edo election, the former national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun has refused to endorse his party’s governorship candidate, Ize-Iyamu.
Oyegun who criticized the “forced exit” of Governor Obaseki from the APC rejected what he described as “primitive politics”.
According to him, Obaseki suffered unacceptable indignity while standing bravely for the dignity and pride of his people.
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