The Arise Presidential Town Hall held. on Sunday, yesterday at Abuja was poorly organized and it failed to deliver the promise of gathering major presidential candidates for 2023 election. This is symbolic and indicative of disorganized Nigeria and its inability to do anything right.
First and foremost, it was billed as presidential gathering of major presidential contenders but it deteriorated into a jumbo of presidential candidates, presidential running mate and flag bearer of lesser known political party.
Arise organizer failed to deliver the candidates they promised and two major candidates did not show up. Those Present at the debate were presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi; presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso; presidential candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party, Kola Abiola. The presidential candidates for the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu and the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar were absent at the debate .
The organizer allow the vice presidential candidate to seat and debate with presidential candidates. In advance democracies, which Nigeria is aspiring to become, debates for presidential candidates and vice presidential candidates are initiated separately. They never allow running mate to represent presidential candidate. The Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar was represented by his running mate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
When it comes to the architecture of the venue, the stage was not decorated to give ambiance of a serious political gathering. There were no pictures of the candidates on the stage. The stage was poorly lighted and the audience seated too close to the stage. This gives access to the audience to easily interrupt and distract the candidates speaking on the stage.
Allowing just one person to host the gathering was cumbersome and overloaded. It will make more sense to have more than one host, inorder to make interaction with the candidates quicker and easier with follow up questions. ARISE can do better than this!