The need for candidates contesting the July Fourteenth, 2012 governorship election in Edo State to be put to test through convening a town hall meeting to enable the public appraise them has been advocated
This was the position of discussants on Independent Television and Radio Current Affairs Programme, Politics Today.
According to the discussants, Professor Ben Egede and Ikponmwosa Iyoha said the idea of convening a town hall meeting will give eligible voters the opportunity to have unhindered access to the governorship candidates. The discussants said in ensuring a hitch free forum, supporters of the candidates should be checked to avoid violence as politics should not be seen as a do or die affair.
On the issue of the collapsed well at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma where two under graduates were confirmed dead, the discussants, queried why the issue is not being taken seriously, adding that such a matter should not be swept under the carpet in order to avoid a recurrence.
The discussants also took a swipe on the high borrowing profile of the present federal administration, describing it as not too good for the development of any society.
Other set of discussants, Barrister Austin Osarenkhoe expressed reservation over the alleged spending ability of President Goodluck’s administration that saw over One Hundred Billion Naira spent within eight months of his administration without approval by the National Assembly.
Politics Today is a Current Affairs Programme aired simultaneously in Independent Television and Radio every Saturday at 10:30am.