Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 6 Anambra state governorship election has explained why he was not confrontational during the just concluded Arise News-organised debate.
Ozigbo had participated in the debate with Andy Uba of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) out of the 18 that have been cleared for the November 6 election.
Many viewers of the programme had commended the PDP flag-bearer for his comportment and calmness during the debate while they described his co-contestants as confrontational.
Speaking during a chat with newsmen in Awka, Ozigbo said there was no need for confrontation as his opponents had not performed well enough to deserve what they were asking.
He also explained he had to show respect to the APGA and APC candidates who he said were more than ten years older than him.
He said he had participated in six governorship debates contrary to his rivals whose maiden appearance was the one hosted by Arise News.
He said, “I’m happy we had time to debate, there were many things I wanted to say, but I was careful not to go too frontal with those I’m debating with. One, they haven’t done well enough to deserve what they were asking.
“Besides, I wanted to show respect because they’re my elders, more than 10years gap. Otherwise I would have gone more frontal.”
Ozigbo further highlighted virtues of content of character, listening ears and youthfulness as other virtues he possessed which he described as added advantage he had over the rest candidates in the race.
He added, “You don’t need to take my words, all you need is to visit their villages to ask exactly who they are. Ask Uga people who Senator Andy Uba and his acceptability.
“For Soludo, go to Isuofia and find out how some of these people have become divisive in everything. APGA is in tarters today and everyone is running away just because a brilliant man who possess all the academic intelligence, but weak in emotions and inability to accept shortcomings is in the race.
“I can bet that you know that when I become governor, I’ll be more accessible than any of the other two can ever be.
“Another reason is my youthful energy. I have something to protect. I care about the fact that when I’m out of office, I want to be as more popular than Peter Obi than being forgotten like Mbadinuju.
The PDP candidate also emphasized the importance of platform in any election, stressing that, “the only party that has brighter opportunity to produce the next president of Nigeria is PDP.”