NESG and NEDG cancel presidential debate for Tinubu, Obi, Atiku and others – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News


The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) on Thursday canceled the debate scheduled for the candidates for the 2023 presidential election.

NESG CEO Laoye Jaiyeola, who announced the cancellation in a statement, said the decision was due to “existing circumstances”.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause our stakeholders and all Nigerians.”

Jaiyeola said the NESG and the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) made the decision after “a critical assessment of events surrounding recent engagements with presidential candidates, as well as subsequent statements by political parties”.

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidates Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi of the Labor Party and Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were among the main contenders in the debate.

The APC indicated earlier this week that Tinubu may not honor invitations to debates with other presidential candidates.

APC presidential campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo said Tinubu’s “busy campaign schedule” would not allow him to participate in the debates.

Keyamo said Tinubu did not attend a presidential town hall meeting with other candidates on Sunday because he had received numerous invitations from television and radio stations and it would be unfair to one of the houses of broadcast if he attended.

Labor Party campaign organization chief executive Doyin Okupe said Peter Obi would no longer show up for the debates if his counterparts from other parties failed to show up.

While the debate will no longer take place, Jaiyeola said “the NESG will actively seek independent direct engagements with candidates on critical economic policy reform issues and prescriptions.”

Jaiyeola noted that the NESG envisions a Nigeria where electoral debates are an integral part of the electoral process, and candidates are keen to engage citizens in discussions about their mandates, experience, abilities, knowledge and general skills to the positions they seek.

“We remain committed to providing a platform for such engagements in the national interest.”

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