Edo 2024: Why is APC running away from issue-based campaigns

Sen. Monday Okpebholo (APC)

Edo 2024: Why is APC running away from issue-based campaigns

The Opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State has been accused of dodging from issued based campaigns as governorship elections has been slated for November, 2024.

The APC since after chosen it’s flagbearer has not presented a formidable key point on how to serve the people of Edo State but rather running from pillar to pillar without tangible plans.

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It is unfortunate that in this current campaign season in Edo State, the All Progressive Congress(APC) has descended into the abyss of bedlam, hate speeches, outright lies, alternative truth, indecent languages against the person of Dr Asue Ighodalo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, in the upcoming Edo State gubernatorial election. This is so because the APC is running away from issue-based campaigns as the concept is alien to the party and its candidate. APC and its members are still stuck in old, parochial and mundane ways of politics.

The APC has not taken any specific steps in hiding its disdain for politics that is ideologically based where the electorates want to listen to profound manifesto, project policies and potential Action Plans. The party do not want any avenue, provided or created, to discuss its plans for the state and its citizens. Its running from pillar to pole where the resort is to avoid issue-based campaigns.

 

The candidate of the party, Senator Monday Okpebholo, a political child of political circumstance, is not capable of holding any arable discussion so him and his party easily drift to rhetorics of personal abuse, slander and disdainful verbal contestation that cannot add to the political radiation the electorates are expecting.

On his part, Asue has always said he would not for any reason leave the path of integrity to pursue the kind of horrible politics and language lacking in oxygen that APC has now been known for. He has severally told his teaming followers and effective campaign team that they should askew such languages that are capable of heating up the polity, which can also circle back to endanger the political stability of the state.

Every right thinking politician ought to know what the priorities are in Nigeria today that should ordinarily occupy the front burner in our political engagements. And this is why issue-based campaigns are imperative.

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APC must invent another political strategy to fit into our 21st century politics – we are not in the era of savages and barbarians. The party and its candidate must avoid acrimony, personal abuse and transfer of aggression. Distorting the truth about Asue has been counterproductive. The citizens of Edo State look at him through a wider lense of competence and preparedness, as he obviously seem to be the hardest working and most intelligent of the 3 major candidates.

Shaibu Yusuf is an independent political commentator, he wrote this opinion from Auchi.

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