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Will Buhari come? Atiku, Duke ready for debate Jan 19

The Chairman of the Nigeria Election Debate Group, Mr John Momoh, has revealed that the group had fixed January 19, 2019 for a debate for presidential candidates of different political parties taking part in the 2019 elections.

Momoh, who is also the chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, said the debate series would, however, start on December 14, 2018 when vice presidential candidates are billed to take their turns.

He added that the debates would hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, and would be broadcast live by all BON members.

“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.

Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), said no decision had been taken on whether Buhari would participate in the debate or not.

He said once a decision was taken on the matter, it would be made public.

“I am not the only one that will take that decision. When that time comes, all those concerned will sit down and take a decision on that and we shall make our decision public,” Keyamo said.

But the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, said,  “The PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will be live at the debate and we will tell Nigerians in clear terms what we have to offer them.

“We are not going to shy away from the people we are seeking their votes. We will talk to them, answer their questions and also sell our party and its manifesto to them.

“All over civilised world,  political parties and their candidates look for such opportunities to talk to the people. Nigeria should not be an exception.



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