Presidential Debate (LIVE UPDATES): Buhari, Atiku, three other presidential candidates clash

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Presidential candidates of five political parties are set to take on themselves at a televised debate in Abuja.

The debates organisers, which include broadcasting organisations of Nigeria, listed five presidential aspirants who would take part in the debate when it kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

Fela Durotoye, Atiku Abubakar, Oby Ezekwesili, Muhammadu Buhari and Kingsley Moghalu are the five aspirants invited to take part in the debate.

Debate organisers told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday evening that all the candidates have confirmed participation.

President Buhari, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, was in Niger and Plateau States to commission projects and campaign today.

Mr Abubakar, who is of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, returned to Nigeria from his widely publicised first visit to the United States in 12 years.

Mrs Ezekwesili and Mr Moghalu also made campaign stomps for themselves over the past 24 hours.

The debate comes five weeks after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took on the running mates of the remaining four presidential candidates in a similarly televised video presidential debate on December 14.

The economy was the major topic discussed at that debate, with security and foreign affairs getting sparse mentions.

Organisers are not saying much of what they might know about the scope of tonight’s debates, but security is expected to be thoroughly discussed this time around.

 

The Boko Haram insurgency remains a potent threat in Nigeria’s northeast, and so is banditry and kidnapping in the northwest.

Earlier this week, the National Bureau of Statistics said the country’s inflation had risen to 11.44 percent, marking yet another worrisome development on the economic front.

Notwithstanding the main topics of concentration, PREMIUM TIMES would bring you live updates as the debate unfolds. It is expected to last for two hours from 7:00-9:00 p.m

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