Presidential town hall meeting of Wednesday, January 16, tagged ‘The Candidates’, broadcast live on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), had in attendance the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and his Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, as they dissect issues affecting the country.
A programme meant to help every presidential candidate familiarize, address and proffer solutions to contemporary national issues affecting the present day Nigerians, suddenly became a one-man show on Wednesday.
It is believed that some of the questions that would be asked by the moderator of the programme to any of the presidential candidates would have been known to them before their fixed date, in order to give room for easy comprehension.
However, the Wednesday’s interactive session saw Osinbajo shielding some of the questions directed to Buhari without giving the President a room to truly represent himself and allow Nigerians to properly assess him.
Interestingly, when the moderator, Kadaria Ahmed, asked the President why he has a ranch while he supports grazing routes, Osinbajo immediately jumped on the question to the amusement of the audience.
Again, on the issue of Governor Umar Ganduje bribery saga, Mr. President smartly referred to the intervention of the Kano State House of Assembly as the reasons for his silence on the matter, while urging anyone who is certain about Babachir’s issue to come forth with evidence.
So went other questions that were directed to him without coming up with strong answers that would impress Nigerians watching the programme live.
In truth, the Vice President took the shine off Mr President, given Nigerians some foods for thought ahead of the forthcoming presidential election on February 16.
Perhaps, if the townhall programme is to be used as yardstick in determining Nigeria’s next President, then, the All Progressives Congress (APC) could be sitting at a very critical corner. It simply exposed Buhari’s weakness in understanding some key issues affecting the country.
Although it’s a team work that afford the Vice President to speak or defend the President where needed, however, he’s not the main principal directing the affairs of the Nigeria.
There is no doubt that APC still remain one of the standout parties to beat in the coming election but then, Nigerians needs a quality leader that would govern the country to the best interest of the people in 2019.