By Samuel Ogundipe
The Nigerian Elections Debate Group, a non-partisan think-tank known for organising presidential debates in the country, has announced a revised timetable for the much-anticipated presidential debates, reports say Tuesday.
An official of the group reportedly confirmed that the debates will now hold between February 1 and 8, as against the previously announced dates.
Debates between vice presidential candidates will hold on Feb. 1 and the presidential candidates are expected to take on themselves on Feb. 8.
The structure of the debate is segmented into a 3 two-hour sessions per day. According to NEDG, the debate times will be 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., daily.
Meanwhile, General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, has yet to agreed to participate in any of the debates. Sources say this might not be unconnected with the allegations that the organisers have a soft spot for the ruling People’s Democratic Party and may have given its candidate the questions before hand. “NEDG cannot organize a credible debate given its current composition,” an APC insider was quoted as saying.
The debate will be broadcast live on major television stations including, NTA, AIT and Channels Television.