The Nigerian Election Debate Group has fixed December 14 as date for presidential debate that will see candidates of different political parties unveil their plan for country ahead of the 2019 general election.
The group’s chairman, John Momoh who disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at a press conference said the vice presidential candidates would slug it out on January 19, 2019.
Momoh who is also the chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) noted that the debates would hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and would be broadcast live by all BON-member stations.
The ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the two frontrunners in the upcoming general elections in the African nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari is the candidate of the APC with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as his running mate.
The presidential candidate of the PDP is Atiku Abubakar with Peter Obi as his running mate.
Other top candidates in the race are former Cross River State governor Donald Duke who is on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), chartered accountant and former Nigeria minister of solid minerals (mines and steel) Mrs Obi Ezekwesili of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu who is a political economist, lawyer, and a Professor in International Business and Public Policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is contesting on the platform of Young Progressive Party (YPP).
Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer of General Sani Abacha is contesting via Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) while Omoyele Sowore (African Action Congress), ex-Ondo governor Olusegun Mimiko (Zenith Labour Party, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim (Alliance for New Nigeria) are also in the hat among others.