The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu has revealed why he rejected to debate with the state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu at a debate organised by BBC News Pidgin on Friday.
Ize-Iyamu stated this when the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki excused himself from the debate just at the beginning.
The Governor was present in the virtual debate briefly but stepped out to attend another meeting. He asked the moderator and his co-panelists to allow his deputy to continue the debate in his stead.
The development infuriated Ize-Iyamu, who objected to the idea, insisting that he would not debate with Shaibu.
He said that the debate is for governorship candidates, not one the governor can delegate or ask his deputy to take over form him.
Ize-iyamu added that if the governor wants to debate, he has to stay but he won’t sit down with the deputy governor and debate.
The APC candidate noted that if Shuaibu wants to represent his principal, he will collect his deputy to come and debate with Obaseki’s deputy.