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Vice Presidential Debate: Sowore Sues NEDG, BON Over Exclusion

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Mr Omoyele Sowore, Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), on Wednesday dragged Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) to court over the exclusion of his party’s Vice-Presidential Candidate, Mr Rabiu Rufai in the debate which held on Dec. 14.

The National Legal Adviser of the party, Mr Inibehe Effiong, in company of its Deputy National Secretary, Mr Joshua Adeoye filed the suit against the body at the FCT High Court, Maitama.

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), BON Chairman and CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, were also respondents in the case.

The AAC, through it lawyer claimed that the exclusion of its vice presidential candidate in the debate was an act of discrimination and malice against the party and its candidates.

The party is praying the court to declare that the deployment of the state media apparatus by the organisers of the debate to the advantages of the five selected parties who participated in the debate and exclusion of its candidate contravenes Section 100(2) of the Electoral Act 2010.

The party through its legal adviser was also asking the court in the suit to declare that AAC and Mr Sowore are entitled to equal media time to participate in the January 19, 2019 presidential debate.

The party through its legal adviser also filed a motion on notice for an order of injunction restraining the NEDG, BON and John Momoh from organising the Jan. 19, 2019 debate without including its presidential candidate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that several documents, affidavit including nine exhibits were filed to accompany the suit.