The Nigerian Election Debate Group NEDG Has Postponed It’s 2023 Presidential And Vice Presidential Debates due to some unpleasant developments arising from the Town Hall event organised by a private television station last Sunday which led to serious discontent amongst the candidates.
A statement by the Executive Secretary of NEDG, Dr. Eddie Emessiri says the NEDG’s Logistics, Content, Research, and Implementation Committee, comprising top Executives of member stations of the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria BON met to consider the wider effects of what happened at the town hall event on debates in general, the effect on the 2023 Presidential Debates and decided to postpone the NEDG Debates.
According to the statement, the NEDG debate would now commence next month after tempers have been brought down and the misgivings of criitcal stakeholders such as candidates, political parties the inter party advisory council IPAC have been addressed.
The NEDG however cautions that any candidate who decides to evade a debate for any reason of selecting who to debate with or when to debate disrespects the rights and privileges of every Nigerian citizen whose tax funds are being used by INEC to fund the election because the voter deserves to assess all persons who aspire to lead them.
Dr. Emesiere maintains that the NEDG is determined to host the 2023 Presidential And Vice Presidential Debates Considering the impact of the 2020 ENDSARS protest, the protracted University Staff strike, Fuel and energy scarcity as well as the soci-economic downturn the nation has experienced.
Reporting by Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Marian Benjamin and Tina Oyinsan