The Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) have announced dates for the 2019 presidential and vice-presidential election debates ahead of the 2019 polls.
The announcement was made today, November 22, by the Chairman of BON, John Momoh, during a press conference in Abuja.
Momoh, who is also the Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, said the presidential debate is fixed for December 14, 2018, while vice-presidential candidates will have theirs on January 19, 2019.
The debates will hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and will be broadcast live by all BON member radio and television stations across the country.
The debates will also be streamed live across social media platforms.
His words: “The Nigerian Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria are organising a presidential debate on December the 14th, 2018 and a vice presidential debate on January the 19th, 2019.
“The debates would hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja and will be broadcast live on all BON member radio and television stations across the country.
“The debates 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.”
Mr Momoh added 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.
He said the NEDG will also set the formats and rules of the debate.
“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 a series of them.”
The two leading candidates for the election are President Muhammadu Buhari, who is running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, who is running on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
While next year’s election, scheduled for February 16, 2019, is expected to be keenly-contested between Buhari and Atiku, they both face competition from other candidates including Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), and Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC).