Select presidential standard bearers in the 2023 elections are expected to present administration policy and plans to a diaspora audience on November 26.
Among the candidates for the debate are Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labor Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian Peoples Party and Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress.
The presidential debate entitled “The Diaspora Listens” is organized by the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians, an international group based in the United States.
Olayinka Dansalami, spokesperson for the organisers, said the 2023 elections have sparked a patriotic clamor from diaspora Nigerians for presidential candidates to speak about their manifestos while asking questions and making suggestions. .
“Therefore, it has become relevant to keep Nigerians in the Diaspora abreast of the manifesto of the candidates and the policy directions of their administration,” he said, “how their government would maximize the various opportunities that abound in Nigeria and in the key role Nigerians in the Diaspora would have to play for national development in your administration.
Mr Dansalami hinted that “the debate will provide the candidates with the opportunity to share their ideas in a moderated question and answer format”.
“The ‘Diaspora Listens’ event would also provide candidates with the opportunity to hear directly from Diaspora voters about their concerns, priorities and what they would expect from the President when elected in 2023,” said Mr. .Inalami.
Presidential elections will take place in February 2023, according to the calendar of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The next official campaign activities will take place on September 28.
Many Nigerians hope to elect a new leader who would offer solutions to the myriad problems facing the country.