By Femi Adediran, Abeokuta
Otunba Jimi Lawal, a Governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has accepted the challenge of another aspirant, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi), to engage in a debate towards the primary election of the Party.
The Special Adviser on Media & Strategy of the Jimi Lawal Campaign Organisation (JALCO), Mr. Wale Adedayo in a statement in Abeokuta on Sunday confirmed the acceptance of Lawal but demanded that the debate should be focussed on the background of each aspirant, personal, professional and contributions to the growth of the APC as a political party.
Yayi, who is from the Ogun West Senatorial District of the State had challenged all Governorship aspirants on the platform of the APC to a debate with him before the primary election of the State.
Accepting the challenge, Lawal, in the statement said, “We accept the challenge thrown by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi) for Ogun State APC gubernatorial aspirants to engage him in a debate towards the primary election of the Party slated for the first quarter of next year”.
“We will also be interested in what each aspirant intends to do if given the opportunity to serve our people as Ogun State Governor. It will give party members a veritable opportunity not just to know the aspirants, but to understand what each has in store for the electorates in Ogun State,” the statement added.
Lawal however urged all media organisations to take up the challenge and see it as an opportunity to intimate the good people of Ogun State about the programmes of each aaspirant.
“We implore media houses based in Ogun State or having interest in Ogun State to take up this challenge as an important step towards strengthening internal democracy in our political parties. Without quality information, the electorate cannot make an informed choice in a democracy. And, a debate like this this will go a very long way to provide information for party members to enable them pick the right candidate,” the statement concluded.