December 5, 2022
Chicago 12, Melborne City, USA


As the presidential election draws nearer, the candidates are busy perfecting their winning strategies to enable them occupy the Aso Rock Villa by next year. From all indications, the major contestants in the race are certainly those of the Peoples Democratic Party and the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and the All Progressives Congress’ Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd)
. It will be recalled that the Senate had earlier in the year, voted against a bill seeking to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct presidential debates in the 2015 general elections. The clause was contained in a bill seeking to alter the Electoral Act that was proposed by INEC, as part of legislations required for the smooth conduct of elections. The bill requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives before it is eventually forwarded to the president for his assent.
The overall interest of Nigerians should be paramount at all times, therefore, what should constitute a vital component of the electoral process is a virile presidential debate that would enable eligible voters have a clearer picture of what the candidates and their parties have to offer them. This became imperative going by the past experiences and the seeming crisis of leadership and trust between leaders and followers in the nation. Over the years, the country has suffered so much in the hands of their leaders that the commonly used phrase, of dividends of democracy, has always been a mirage. Due to bad governance, life has been very difficult for the people as basic social necessities are not being provided. It will be a great disservice if they are still made to suffer in the next dispensation when denied the type of leadership desired by them.
This time round, we should avoid voting for the wrong candidates just on sentimental, parochial or mundane basis. There should be a radical departure from the past as only credible, well-prepared and focused should get the people’s mandate. No doubt, we should ensure that we get certain things right before heading for the polls come February.

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