Re: Do elec­tion de­bates re­ally mat­ter?

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Musa Muham­mad Hade­jia 08038087414

The United States of Amer­ica, where we bor­rowed the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem of gov­ern­ment from, have been prac­tis­ing elec­tion de­bates from the time of Abra­ham Lin­coln till date. Nige­ria has also started or­gan­is­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion de­bates, but only lit­er­ate and influential lead­ers and few oth­ers know its value. To many other Nige­ri­ans, such de­bates don’t make any mean­ing. Of what use is an elec­tion de­bate to the peo­ple in the ru­ral ar­eas? Most of them don’t even have elec­tronic gad­gets. They would rather face more im­por­tant things than lis­ten to elec­tion de­bates. So de­bates will not in­flu­ence the out­come of elec­tions in Nige­ria.

In the USA, 90per cent of the peo­ple watch and un­der­stand the scene, so the de­bates can ed­u­cate the pub­lic and there­after in­flu­ence the out­come of the elec­tion.

Whether Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at­tends elec­tion de­bate in Jan­uary 2019 or not, many an­a­lysts be­lieve that history would re­peat it­self.

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