The date for the presidential debate between the incumbent President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the former Head of State, Gen. Mohammed Buhari has been announced by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG). Leadership report.
The group disclosed that the February 14 presidential election will hold on February 8 just as the vice presidential debate will hold on February 1.
In a press conference yesterday in Abuja, chairman of the NEDG, Sola Omole said 13 out of the 14 candidates for the presidential and vice presidential debates have confirmed their participation in the debates.
The Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG), organizers of the Presidential Debate Series, is an amalgamation of the Nigeria’s Mass Media, Print and Electronic, the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), The Nigeria Bar Association, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, market women and other civil society groups.
Omole noted that debates are a major component of any democracy as the candidates will have the opportunity of interacting with the Nigerian electorate and based on that Nigerians will make informed decisions going into the polls.