2015: AD, CPP VP candidates involved in auto crash

by Janet Johnson

The ongoing presidential debate has been hit by tragedy as the Vice presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Akuchie Clinton Cliff, was said to have been involved in an auto crash on his way to the airport to attend the debate in Abuja, on Sunday, February 1.

Also Hassanatu Hassan, another vice presidential candidate – Citizens Popular Party (CPP) who was also involved – was reportedly operated upon in an undisclosed hospital.

Taiwo Alimi, coordinator of the 2015 Nigerian Elections Debate Group, NEDG, who disclosed this at the venue of the event, said both contestants were unavoidably absent because of their indisposition, which they had communicated to the organizers.

Meanwhile, during the debate, most of the candidates blamed some of the social vices in the country especially the issue of hunger and unemployment to the scourge of corruption in Nigeria.

Ojengbede Farida, vice presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, (ACPN), said the party would tackle corruption if elected, noting that hunger and unemployment had gotten to an alarming proportion in the country were as a result of corruption.

Farida also said the people of Nigeria desired a better deal than what they were getting from the present government, adding that the country’s political growth was affected by the politics of money bags and godfatherism where governance had become a family affair.

She added that the issue of corruption would not be business as usual if her party was given the mandate. “Until perpetrators are named, shamed and punished, corruption will not stop,” she stressed.

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