Okowa, Ogboru, shun BBC governorship debate

Ifeanyi Okowa

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Great Ogboru, on Thursday shunned the BBC Pidgin-organised debate in Asaba.

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, John Akwara, also stayed away from the debate which was meant to feature six candidates out of 50 registered governorship candidates in the state.

The debate, however, went on with Frank Esanubi of the African Action Congress (AAC), Odiakpo Obire of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and Brando Omu of All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP).

The candidates took turns to outline their plans for the state.

Mr Esanubi promised to create 20,000 jobs annually by releasing N1 million to each graduate of the state, saying that the party would budget N20 billion annually for that purpose.

Mr Obire promised to build industries, create opportunities for small scale businesses to thrive and also create jobs.

On his part, Mr Omu said he would attract one industry to every local government area in the state for youth empowerment.

He also promised to set up micro-finance companies to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).