ABUJA—TRAGEDY hit the ongoing presidential debate as the vice presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, Akuchie Clinton Cliff was said to have been involved in an auto crash on his way to the airport to attend the vice presidential debate in Abuja, yesterday.
Also yesterday, another vice presidential candidate, Hassanatu Hassan of the Citizens Popular Party, CPP, who was billed to attend the ongoing debate was reportedly operated upon in an undisclosed hospital.
The coordinator of the 2015 Nigerian Elections Debate Group, NEDG, Taiwo Alimi who disclosed this at the venue of the event said both contestants were unavoidably absent because of their indispositions and had communicated to the organizers.
However, most of the candidates have blamed some of the social vices in the country especially the issue of hunger and unemployment to the scourge of corruption in Nigeria.
Specifically, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, vice presidential candidate, Ojengbede Farida in reaction to how her party would tackle corruption if elected said hunger and unemployment that had assumed alarming proportion in the country were as a result of corruption.
Farida who said that the people of Nigeria desired a better deal than what they were getting from the present government also said that the country’s political growth was affected by the politics of money bags and godfatherism where governance had become a family affair.
The ACPN vice presidential candidate who said that the issue of corruption would not be business as usual if the party was given the mandate stated that “until perpetrators are named, shamed and punished, corruption will not stop.”