Less than 24 hours to the Osun State gubernatorial debate. Some youth organizations decided to host a televised debate for five selected gubernatorial candidates in Osun State ahead of the August 9 governorship election. The debate, organized by the Osun Pro-Democracy Youth (OPDY), LYNX Nigeria, and Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria) chose the invited participants based on the results from an online poll.
Participants include – Rauf Aregbesola, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Iyiola Omisore, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP); Fatai Akinbade, Labour Party (LP); Segun Akinwusi, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Ibrahim Adeoti, Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), who was invited to the debate on the basis of being the youngest of the 20 governorship aspirants.
The headline of the debate has been the unconfirmed attendance of Iyiola Omisore. See below some of his argument with EIE Nigeria via tweets from his offcial Twitter account (@iyiosun).
“Anyone aspiring to be governor, cannot shy away from debates”
“This is the home base we must care for. A session of vituperation is not a debate.”
“Omisore has engaged with the pple of Osun hse to hse in evry ward.”
“There is a huge difference btw vile assault and criticism. We dont delete these from any SM.”
“We review,analyze,respond& engage. But not 2 targeted vituperation.Dis must also change in politics.
“Fair is fair. They are biased. We have a responsibility to check things out before we agree to let him go.”
“Thank u for your objectivity.He has not said no, requested 4 guarantee of good language!Paid SM agents at it!”
“We agree!It does give an edgebut we know that the APC paid social media gang will make a song of the walk out!”
“Debate is essential but only with those with the required public etiquette and manners”
“Have you been to the rallies where Rauf called Omisore ‘oloshi’ and ‘olori buruku?”
“if ur grp is truly unbiased, call Rauf & APC out 4 these actions too & request for public guarantee!”
“Posting a response to an inv during an interaction is not enough except this is a sponsored group.”
“So does insincerity of the purpose of politically sponsored one sided discussions”
“Call for Aregbe to task for his foul mouth! Support the request for a sane campaign and debate!”
“We have engaged in Osun house to house. A debate is elitist. Our people have not called for it.”
“If you do have the videos of Aregbe raining profanity on our principal as you say you do, share those 2!”
“Not a one sided outcry on a statement by our Principal. Y have u not shared Aregbe’s video that u say u have?”
“Absolutely, but when d independence of your platform is in doubt, d media team has right of refuse”
“if they want him they do have a duty to air all issues, not call out our principal. others did their homework”
“Bias in information sharing sir. If you have the video of Rauf share it too!”
“No sir, If EiENigeria have Raufs video they shld publish it tonight.”
“They should inform all that our Princi