The Literary and Debating Society of Sultan Bello Hall has pulled out of the 2021 Jaw War competition. This was communicated in an official release that was made available to the public in the early hours of today. The shocking decision is a result of the loss of Sultan Bello Hall at the opening face-off with Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall on day one of the competition. Bello lost their face-off with a margin of 1% after the grading by the judges.
In the communique signed by the captain of the Bullets Squad, Victor Fabaredo, the deputy general Micheal Barnabas, the general secretary Adegoke Umar and other principal officers of the Sultan Bello Hall Literary and Debating Society, the bullet squad accused the TLDS president of subverting the conventional criterion for judging in a debate competition. It states, “There is no logic to explain why the President of TLDS decides to exclude logic from the score sheet without running it by the senators for voting as is customary. When our constituency
approached him for an explanation, he claimed to replace “logic” with “persuasion”, based on his theory that persuasion is the core of debating. Mr President seems to forget that persuasion is how well your logic convinces the audience even if it’s invalid, half-baked or outright illogical. This probably explains why our constituency would still lose a debate even after the Chief Judge, a veteran judge in U.I, noted that ours and ABH’s were the most logical speeches of the day, while our opponents who were bashes for poor research etc were eventually declared winner of the round”.
The squad also accused the TLDs of organising a judges conference without the senators which eloped the senators of having the chance of vetting the judges for this year’s Jaw War and also engage the judges. “Further, it is rather surprising that the TLDS(The Literary and Debating Society) held a Judges Conference without senators (and heads) in attendance as is customary, eliminating every chance to get the calibre of judges enlisted for this year’s Jaw War and this was an opportunity for our society in particular to engage the judges on what they consider the best practices in public speaking”.
Bello has shut the doors to any further negotiations on the matter and it doesn’t seem there would be a change in decision. However, the TLDS is yet to make an official statement concerning the issue and it is expected that a statement is released soon. Notwithstanding, this year’s competition is still expected to continue and still serve up to its biddings.