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Group condemns Obi’s absence from debate

By  Emmanuel Aziken

Abuja—The Coalition for Democracy andGood Governance,CODEGG, in Anambra State has condemned the refusal of Governor Peter Obi to partake in today’s scheduled debate for gubernatorial candidates in the state.

CODEGG in a statement yesterday expressed regret that the Governor declined participation in the debate, despite his continuing efforts in publicizing the affairs of his government.

The statement issued by Mr.Emma Ndubisi, the coalition’s vice-chairman, said it was regrettable that after extensive consultations and preparations involving the major public and private broadcast organizations,  the Governor decided to opt out.

The debate, according to CODEGG, is to be moderated by the immediate past Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku.

“As we round up preparations for this debate, which will be broadcast simultaneously on the network services of the NTA, FRCN and AIT, Silverbird among others, to enable Ndi Anambra and  Nigerians at home and in Diaspora come first hand with the programmes and personalities of the candidates vying for the election, we wish to condemn in strong terms  the plan by Governor Peter Obi to shun the debate by contriving a coincidence with a local debate by the league of Anambra Professionals which was shifted from an earlier scheduled date of 22 January under Obi’s instructions,” the group said.


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