Group fixes date for Presidential debates

Politics

The Nigerian Election Debate Group, NEDG and Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON have set dates for Presidential and vice-presidential election debates, where candidates of different political parties will unveil their plans, ahead of the 2019 general election.

The Presidential debate is fixed for December 14, 2018 while vice-presidential candidates are billed for January 19, 2019.

The group’s Chairman, Mr. John Momoh disclosed this yesterday at a press conference in Abuja.

Airing of the debates: Mr. Momoh said the debates would be aired on all BON member radio and

television stations across the country and also streamed on social media platforms such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram, to give it a global coverage.

“The debates would hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja,” he said.

Momoh added that the debates would focus on the issues that matter most to working families; restoring vibrancy to the economy, providing electricity, creating jobs, securing health care for every Nigerian, making and achieving excellence in every Nigerian school, as well as ensuring safety and security for

Nigerians.

Rules of the debate:

He said the NEDG would also set the formats and rules of the debate.

“The Nigerian Election Debate Group would 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,” Momoh, who is also the Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group stated.

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