The Nigerian Election Debate Group has scheduled a debate for presidential and vice presidential candidates, ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
Specifically, the presidential debate is billed for December 14, 2018 while the debates among vice presidential candidates will hold on January 19, 2019.
Head of the group who also doubles as chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), John Momoh, stated this at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
According to Momoh, the debate which would hold at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja will be broadcast live on all Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) members, comprising 250 radio and television stations across the country.
INEC’s current figures indicate that 79 presidential candidates will contest for the nation’s Number One job.
The main contenders are President Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) and his running mate, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Also in contention is former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, flying the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flag alongside his Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
“Among others, 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.
“The Nigerian Election Debate Group would set the format and rules of the debate, handle moderation, outline the criteria for political party participation, ensure the objectivity of audiences and steer negotiations between broadcasters and the parties. 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 series of them,” Momoh said.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja
, Nigerian Election Debate Group