Supporters of one of the presidential candidates excluded from the vice presidential debate holding this night in Abuja are currently protesting outside the venue of the event.
The group, led by Jude Eya, are protesting over the exclusion of Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC).
The Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) selected five political parties to participate in the presidential debate, excluding over 70 others in the race.
Naija News recalls that sowore had earlier slammed the national Chairman of Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria for his exclusion from the scheduled Presidential debate and vice presidential debate stating
FLASH: Turns out @channelstv owner, John Momoh, has a personal beef with me because @SaharaReporters reported a lawsuit stopping him from becoming @unilag_1962 Alumni President. He was against me being on the Presidential Debate. Shame on you John Momoh.
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) December 13, 2018
The presidential debate will hold on January 19, 2019 while the vice-presidential debate has commenced at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Among the prominent candidates excluded from the debate are Jerry Gana of the Social Democratic Party; Tope Fasua of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) and Mr Sowore.
Our #PresidentialDebates must be inclusive & opportunities given to as many candidates as possible to share their vision with all Nigerians.
My brother @YeleSowore & @Donald_Duke should be allowed to participate in these debates. That’s the beauty of democracy #YOUNITED pic.twitter.com/8JVjVdG38g
— FelaDUROTOYE (@feladurotoye) December 13, 2018
“Solidarity Forever… “, Mr Sowore’s supporters kept singing outside the west door entrance of the conference in Transcorp Hilton where the debate is holding.
Mr Iya who led the group said the exclusion of Mr Sowore was an infringement on his right as a candidate.
“We demand to know on what criteria our candidate Mr Sowore was excluded from this debate. In the online poll conducted, he came third in the most popular of all the candidates. We demand that he be allowed to join the debate,” he said.
However Sowore has also slammed other top Presidential Candidates who failed to question the organizers for excluding him.he stated that
Great thanks to Presidential candidates @feladurotoye @obyezeks and @MoghaluKingsley for adding their voices to #SoworeMustBeIncluded. Not surprised that those of @OfficialPDPNig & @APCNigeria did not care. They created the unjust society crippling Nigerians today
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) December 14, 2018
Those participating in tonight’s debate are vice presidential candidates of Allied Congres Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Ganiyu Galadima; Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Kahdijah Abdullahi-Iya; All Progressives Congress (APC), Yemi Osinbajo; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi and Young Progressives Party (YPP) Umma Getso.
Source: Naija News