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Atiku’s Withdrawal from the #Presidentialdebate2019 is a Tactical Masterstroke--A THREAD
I’ve read commentaries that aver that Atiku’s decision to bail out of the #2019Debate in protest against PMB’s decision not to participate in it was a tactical error. I disagree. Here is why.
The presidential debate is designed to be a match--or, if you like, a push and pull-- between the defending champion, i.e., Buhari, and contenders to the title he holds, i.e., Atiku, Moghalu, Madam Oby, Sowore, and others. If the defending champion declines to thrown his hat into
the ring, the entire match becomes pointlessly self-injurious to the challengers. In other words, it would have been a fatal strategic and tactical error for Atiku to partake in a potentially bruising contest with other challengers while the defending championing sits pretty
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Atiku and PDP spend so much time criticizing PMB and APC, they forget they were in power for 16 years and failed Nigerians! They forget Atiku was in govt for 8 yrs and didnt achieve any of these broad plans he is speaking about now? Why didnt they privatize/sell NNPC in 16 years?
It is best for PDP and Atiku to focus on telling Nigerians why they won’t fail again. Why they should ever be trusted again with our nation’s wealth? This #2019Debate would have been the perfect opportunity for Alh Atiku to try to prove that.
PDP always feel the easiest way to promote their ambition is to attack PMB & APC. Meanwhile their Govt was given an opportunity and they failed. They should focus on redeeming their image & tell Nigerians how they want to correct their failures and stop using APC as their defence
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If you deeply observe, everything cum event is your teacher. Imagine how NEDG/BON Debate shot themselves in the leg with the exclusion of @YeleSowore. Now look at what they have on the set...The gap tooth of a General. 🚶🏿‍♀️#2019Debate
Now let me address the @atiku action from my own strategic understanding.

Debate is the soul of Democracy because information is the currency of same. It’s like a war of words where a constellation of ideas are juggled in the bid to win hearts and minds.
In Nigeria we are fast eroding the pillars of the irony of choice that instructs us to pick our weapon of self destruction. We now have credible options thus the reason why an experienced politician like Atiku would rush down to honor such from his trip.
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We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar cannot challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies. #2019Debate
Afterall, you cannot shave a man's head in his absence. I do not believe in attacking a man who is NOT here to defend himself.
As a leader and former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me first apologise to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the APC Presidential Candidate’s absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.
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#PresidentialDebate2019: Fellow Nigerians, welcome to our coverage of the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON). #2019Debate
The candidates in attendance are Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP)
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President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is conspicuously absent. @APCNigeria #Presidentialdebate2019 #2019Debate
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Ezekwesili - present
Durotoye - present
Atiku - absent
Buhari - absent
Mogalu - present

Disgraceful and disrespectful for Buhari and Atiku to have ignored this debate. #2019Debate
How can you miss one of the biggest opportunities to convince those you want to lead and those you’re asking to vote for you? It is very disgraceful. And saying more than half of the voters are illiterates doesn’t cut it. SHAME!! #2019Debate
Atiku decided not to appear perhaps because Buhari didn't turn up. The both of them don't respect Nigerians and Nigerian voters. This debate is very IMPORTANT. This is disgraceful and very bad. You are asking to lead us. Speak to the people!! #2019Debate
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LIVE: #Nigeria’s presidential candidates face off in debate | TheCable #2019Debate #2019Elections
This is TheCable's live coverage of the 2019 presidential debate organised by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG).… #2019Debate
The presidential candidates expected at the debate are Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari, Oby Ezekwesili, Fela Durotoye and Kingsley Moghalu.… #2019Debate
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So i read this report by @PremiumTimesng and I'm appalled by the distortion, exaggeration, misrepresentation, deception, half-truth in this report…

I was interviewed by One Samuel Ogundipe (recorded) after the last VP debate
With these people mentioned in the report.He intentionally removed me and scored Obi higher. I'm trying to understand the motive behind this bias report.

On getting to the venue of the debate,i noticed an unbalanced ticket sharing, So a huge sum of the crowd were PDP supporters.
After the debate, i also noticed that food was being shared among their supporters (PDP) at the venue.

Does that mean the debate was hijacked by @OfficialPDPNig ?
And again most of the things Samuel Ogundipe reported were sponsored speeches and NOT what most of the attendee said
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Rewatched the vice presidential debate this evening, for research purposes, and I have a few stray observations about the entire thing, so it'll go into a thread:

Galadima, a former presidential candidate, fumbled his opening speech. Khadija did well. Getso did well, arguably.

Osinbajo did great too but Peter Obi clearly 'won' this round by focusing on the current government's failings.

However, both told a couple of interesting lies.
Osinbajo said, "Under that same SIP, we have the conditional cash transfer scheme, taking at least 400,000 people so far out of poverty line."

Many will argue that giving N5,000 monthly to the 'poorest of poor' doesn't exactly take them out of the poverty line.
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PETER CHANG: Nigeria Made In China!
@PeterObi knows everything about China except its accent. Who will tell him democracy didn't produce China's economic developments, which he flippantly alluded to at the poorly moderated VPs #2019Debate
Amarere was nothing but a time keeper.
China has the strictest internet censorship in the world. China's law on use of censorship circumvention tools was recently strengthened to attract death by hanging. The supremacy of Chinese Communist Party and President Xi Jinping as a core leader are taught in Chinese schools.
China's democracy campainer and Nobel Peace laureate, Liu Xiabo, who championed non-violent resistance against 'one-party rule' died in July this year, under heavily guarded hospital after serving 11yrs jail sentence for inciting subversion of state power.…
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On yesterday's debate:
1. APC's @ProfOsinbajo and PDP's @PeterObi weren't really spectacular; they never said anything revolutionary, the other candidates just made them look good.

2. A debate is usually to help undecided voters make their choice based on each candidate's response to critical issues raised. However, for most Nigerians that seem to not be the case, as their minds are already made up.
As a result, their opinion was already skewed before it was formed. Just as @Omojuwa rightly said, your opinion of who wins the #VPDebate is dependent on who you were supporting in the first instance.
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I deliberately did not make comments yesterday during the #2019Debate, I took my time to Fact Check some of the claims of your PASTOR Vice President, @ProfOsinbajo and discovered he lied back to back. Thread !
The APC VP candidate, @ProfOsinbajo claimed Nigeria Is producing 7000 Megawatts of Electricity (FALSE !)
According to the umbrella body of the electricity distribution company in Nigeria..
Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), While there is an available capacity of 7,000MW, what Nigeria presently generates is no more that 5,000MW. This is because there is insufficient gas to power the thermal plants due to gas line limitations.
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Last nights was one of those nights when one felt proud to be a Democrat and a Nigerian - and not just because PDP took a step closer to returning to power but because the interest of Nigerians in the #2019Debate shows that this is a country we all so badly want to be proud of.
The beauty of our Democracy was laid bare for all to see and feel: candidates pitching ideas against ideas, thinking fast on their feet, jousting intellectually, jabbing and parrying, learning and making mental notes - all while we, the Citizens watched and evaluated.
The campaign season is a season where candidates assiduously court the voters - a brief moment where we as citizens can feel empowered, knowing that they’re deploying all their skills just to win our support and debates are best for this: even semi-literates were plugged in.
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BNMC on VP #2019Debate

VP Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has opened the eyes of Nigerians on how a purposeful government operates; build infrastructure to provide an enabling environment for the economy to thrive.
Give economic first aid to those that are too weak to benefit from the economic opportunities and get back that which was stolen from them that made them poor in the first place. #2019Debate
Experience is in deed the best teacher, while others focused on opinionated statistics and lofty dreams, @ProfOsinbajo seamlessly chiselled them into the reality and practicality of governance. #2019Debate
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To those of you throwing insults at me, I am here to engage like minds on policies and National development. I am passionate about Nigeria and governance. I have been doing this for years, hoping for a better Nigeria. I was on Nuhu Ribadu / Fola Adeola's campaign train in 2011.
Before some of you here started earning peanuts tweeting for politicians. In the sun and in the rain we were campaigning.
I believed the duo was all that was needed to push Nigeria.
I am not looking for any fame or fortune here. As a Medical Doc, I meet tonnes of people yearly
People who I can hardly remember yet call me by my first name each time they see me.

Don't let this app erode your senses or inflate your ego. Like a balloon you can burst into pieces anytime. If you insult me, I will block you but I will embrace discussions about Nigeria.
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#PeterObi comes across as a really smart, competent leader.

Throws @ProfOsinbajo under the bus “the VP is in charge of debt management. We’re no longer part of MINT because we have a poor economy”.

Bad man. 😂😂😂 #2019Debate
The @yppnational VP candidate is having a serious case of stage fright. She wouldn’t win a secondary school debate. Always pivoting to what her undoubtably brilliant boss @MoghaluKingsley will do.

Really poor grasp of the issues. She should have read Kingsley’s book


#PeterObi dives into a treatise on the capital market. Argues convincingly about reducing role of government in the economy & allowing the private sector take the lead.

Highlights issues with lack of access to commercial credit.
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Our country today has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world today. Our inequality has worsened, our misery index has worsened... #2019debate
Within the same period that #China produced 7m jobs, Nigeria lost 4m jobs. #2019debate
We have lots of security issues today because we are currently unable to create jobs which other countries have created effortlessly. #2019debate
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