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Presidential Debate In Iran? Why Not In Nigeria?

Watching Amadinajad debating his opponent this morning on TV makes me think, why can't this happen in Nigeria?Debating on the national TV will allow Nigerian to know what stance each candidate policy on different issue that affect our daily life,That is what true democracy is all about.

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Presidential debates in Nigeria have not thrived because of the kind of system we have in place. It was a delight to watch MKO Abiola Vs Bashir Tofa before the June 12, 1993 elections. Abiola was clearly in the lead and he articulated his views very well for all to see and hear, I guess those who had hitherto been unable to make up their minds were able to do so after watching or listening to the debate. In 1999, for reasons best known to him, OBJ did not turn up. In my opinion, he knew the kind of assurances his backers had given him and he found it worthless and time wasting going to confront Olu Falae in a debate. I'm sure Falae would have taken him to the cleaners if he had attended.

Was there a debate in 2007, I ain't too sure. But then how could there have been one when one of the candidates (Atiku) was not sure of his participation in the election process until about two or three days to the election.

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ELRazur

I go slap you o.

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of course it is a challenge - whats wrong with using such words?

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The law that guided that election has been superseded by the current electoral law. In the new law you don't have to debate to get to an office.

Even if you are willing to, how many candidate do you want to debate with. Considering the number of candidates for say the office of the president.

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Again the way the opposition goes about a debate would turn off most people.

When u hear a man say I challenge you to a debate on national TV as if its a duel.

Think its time we all learn to carry ourselves well and Diplomacy, the right choice of words should be the hallmark of a statesman, not beating war drums.

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There had always been presidential debates in Nigeria - I remember Abiola and Tofa in 1993 elections - have many people forgotten this?

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It shud be made a requisite in the electoral law.

In the US its stipulated and the no of such debate is stated.

The last time OBJ was invited he did not honour it cos its not compulsory.

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Erm we have a culture that do not like criticism, and we feel we are not accountable to anyone?

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