2019 Presidential Polls: Don't vote for whoever shuns debate - Sen Ben Bruce tells Nigerians - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, November 15, 2018

2019 Presidential Polls: Don't vote for whoever shuns debate - Sen Ben Bruce tells Nigerians

Senator Ben Bruce

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The Commonsense Advocate,  Senator Ben Murray - Bruce, has advised Nigerians not to vote for candidates seeking elective offices in 2019 but declined participation in debate where the electorate could assess them.

Bruce  who did not mention names, was apparently referring to Presidential debate for the over 90 Presidential candidates, especially the major contenders, the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and the main challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While it is believed that Atiku and other candidates may participate personally in such presidential debate if organised any time before the presidential election slated for early 2019, speculations are rife among Nigerians that Muhammadu Buhari would not appear in person, but may rather delegate the task to his second and running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

But drawing an analogy from a patient seeking clarification from a pool of doctors to ascertain who is best suited to treat his ailment, the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) Senator from Bayelsa State and founder of Silverbird Group,  took to his Tweeter handle(Ben Murray - Bruce@benmurraybruce),  urging Nigerians to insist on presidential debate for all the candidates, asking them to reject contestants and their political parties that  refuse debate.

The Senator noted that "Nigeria is sick," stressing that Nigerians  do not need a northern or southern President or a Christian or a Muslim President but a capable President in 2019 to address their challenges.

His tweets: "If you are sick and have a choice among doctors, it makes sense to interview them to see who is capable of treating you. 

"I say it again, we must insist on a debate amongst Presidential candidates. If they don't debate, don't debate about whether to vote for them. Vote against them.

"If you are ill, you want the best doctor to treat you. You do not care if he is Black, Brown or White. You just care that he is capable.

"Nigeria is sick. We don’t need a Northern or Southern President or a Christian or a Muslim President. We just need a capable President in 2019."

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