The Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) has announced Jan. 19, 2019 as date for presidential debate for candidates of the different political parties participating in the February 16, presidential election to unveil their plan for the country.
Disclosing this on Thursday in Abuja at a press conference, Group chairman, John Momoh who doubles as the chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), said the debate for the Vice presidential candidates would commence the debates on Dec. 14.
“The Nigerian Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria are organising a presidential debate on January the 19th, 2019 and a vice presidential debate on December the 14th, 2018.”
Momoh noted that the debates which will hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja would be broadcast live by all BON member stations and will also be streamed live on all mobile and social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter And Instagram, to give it a global coverage.
Speaking on the modalities for the debates, he said the NEDG will set the formats and rules of the debate, adding that the debates will focus on the issues that matter most to working families; restoring our economy, providing electricity, creating jobs, securing health care for every Nigerian, making and achieving excellence in every Nigerian school and ensuring safety and security for Nigerians.
“Nigerians expect the leaders of all political parties to be challenged in a very public and robust way in these debates. not just one of them, but a series of them,” he added.
Nigerians expect that President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with his running mate, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will slug it out with the top contenders in the election; Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and his running mate, Peter Obi as well as other candidates of the major opposition parties.