The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, and his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, exchanged banters at their last debate ahead of the Ondo State governorship election.
The election, which is expected to hold on Saturday, has 17 political parties participating, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Ondo State Governorship debate was put together by Channels Television, in partnership with the Civil Society Elections Situation Room and UK AID with support from the UK foreign commonwealth development office.
The banter started when the moderator asked the candidates to ask each other a question.
Jegede, who expressed surprise at the opportunity to ask Akeredolu a question, enquired from Akeredolu whether he would reduce the tuition of Ondo university students.
Akeredolu said he was not prepared to reduce the tuition fees, noting that the state was biting off more than it could chew by owning three universities.
“The state cannot reduce tuition fees, I am not prepared to do it. Students should have a proper education. That is why Adekunle Ajasin university is the best state university in the country,” the governor replied.
On his part, Akeredolu asked Jegede, “Tayo, you have toured around this state and I want you to be honest, have you not seen the impact of good governance in terms of infrastructure and industrialisation?”
The PDP candidate replied, “Unfortunately, I have not seen much. I have not seen the infrastructure in Ilaje, Ese Odo, Irele…”
Akeredolu interjected, “Maybe in Akure”, Jegede replied, “I have not seen enough in Akure. All I can tell you is that I will do more than you, sir.”