The Presidential Candidates of the All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party and New Nigeria Peoples Party are set to debate their plans for the nation on Sunday (today)
According to pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development, Bola Tinubu (APC) Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Peter Obi (LP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (NNPP) would get the chance to speak on their plans for the country.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Director of the CDD, Idayat Hassan, said the debate in collaboration with Arise Television was designed to ensure that citizens heard from the presidential candidates.
“This follows CDD’s constant campaign to ensure that the parties and candidates conduct issue-based campaigns. Nigerians need to hear how their future leaders plan to address the rising level of insecurity, considerable economic challenges and the impact of foreign affairs in domestic considerations.
She added that the choice of the four candidates for the debate was premised on a survey on Twitter from October 4 to 10, asking citizens to vote on which four parties they wanted to hear from.
Hassan explained, “All 18 political parties were listed in alphabetical order. After the survey was closed, nine parties did not receive a vote.
“The remaining nine received the following percentage of votes- African Action Congress – 20.7 per cent, APC – 86.2 per cent, All Progressives Grand Alliance – 6.9 per cent, LP – 96.6 per cent, NNPP – 51.7 per cent, PDP– 82.8 per cent , Peoples Redemption Party – 6.9 per cent, Social Democratic Party – 6.9 per cent and Young Progressive Party – 13.8 per cent.
“The result of this survey informed our decision to invite the highest four scoring parties – LP, APC, PDP and NNPP to the town hall.”
The debate would take place today, November 6 and would air on Arise TV and on its YouTube and social media channels.