The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari will not be featuring in the presidential debate organised by the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria (BON). According Garba Shehu, directorate of media and publicity of the APC presidential campaign organisation, the boycott is due to the “unhidden bias and campaign of calumny by some key organisers of the programme, against the corporate political interest of the party (APC) and its candidates”.
Shehu argued that the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) powered debate was fraught with fundamental errors from the outset, by wearing the toga of government control, especially being composed mainly of agencies and allies of the incumbent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration.
Shehu accused the parties moderating the debate to be partisan favouring the PDP and further stated that many government-controlled media have clipped the wings of APC promotional advertisements on one excuse on the other, and until a court upturned their decision recently, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) shut down some telecom portals for soliciting legitimate campaign funds from members of the public for APC.
He also said that inflammatory advertorials by the PDP was a breach of the Kofi Annan-brokered Abuja Peace Accord which they have reported to the authorities but to no avail.