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The candidates of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Lagos governorship election in 2019, Messrs Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Jimi Agbaje failed to show up for the maiden BBC News Yoruba governorship debate.
British Broadcasting Commission (BBC) is a leading media outfit across the global. This event is first of kinds in the history of Lagos, South-West as a region and Nigeria as a country. The event confirmed the viability of the use of indigenous languages in policy communication and public awareness.
The two candidates are considered major contenders for the Alausa seat while reasons for their absence are yet made public by the organisers or media handlers of both candidates.
How many candidates were invited by the BBC News Yoruba?
According to the BBC News Yoruba, six gubernatorial candidates were invited but only four honoured the invitation. Those present are Mr Fafowora of the ADC, Adesanya of PPC, Gbadamosi of ADP and Ogunsaya of the YPP.
Those invited are selected via a transparent process in which residents of Lagos were made to nominate those candidates they would like to hear their manifestos in Yoruba indigenous language.