The spokesman for The Atiku Campaign Organisation, Segun Sowunmi and Transport minister Rotimi Amaechi, clashed verbally on Thursday at the first presidential debate.
The debate which was organised by The Osasu Show and hosted at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites in Abuja, featured Segun Sowunmi as representative of Atiku Abubakar, while President Mohammadu Buhari did not send any representative.
However, Rotimi Amaechi who is the Director-General of Buhari campaign organisation was present as a spectator. He rose to ask a question which was directed at the panel.
His first question bothered on the privatisation policy that was implemented by the Obasanjo-Atiku government.
“The first question is that they privatised, to who? Who did they privatise to? To themselves, and they are coming back. Then I was a young man, I didn’t have money to buy,” Amaechi noted.
“Question number two, let me thank the woman who said power had improved. Under them, with $16 billion, we had 3,000 megawatts of power, now we have 7,000.
“Three, and finally, on railways, we all go to Kaduna. We are talking about railway, who has the railway? Our government right?”.
Sowunmi fired back, accusing Amaechi of speaking trash rather than sticking to an issue-based campaign.
“An eight-year governor of a state in PDP comes to public space, riding on the alleged integrity of just President Muhammadu Buhari, and speaking trash to the people, what exactly is this?” Sowunmi asked.
“Now, we had assumed, we had signed up to an issue-based campaign, and we just want to beg the operators of this present government to stick to the issues.
“We speak about opening up the economy to make sure that those who have the competencies to drive growth must be given the enabling environment to create value, and our people can plug in.”
Sowunmi said the PDP Candidate, Atiku Abubakar believes that government should focus on regulation to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive rather engaging directly in business.