2019: Sowore’s AAC Protests Exclusion From Presidential Debate List
The African Action Congress (AAC), one of the political parties in Nigeria, has protested its exclusion from the planned presidential debate list for the 2019 election.
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We demand the inclusion of @YeleSowore to the BON debate. Is that hard to do?
Can they release the final result of the poll?
We can not be silenced!#SoworeMustBeIncluded
— African Action Congress #AAC (@aacparty) December 11, 2018
How did they arrive at just picking 5 of the numbers of aspirants contesting this position.. for me to watch #SoworeMustBeIncluded
— Tobi Diamond Osinowo (@Teeguy007) December 11, 2018
Omoyele Sowore, a fiery anti-corruption crusader and the publisher of Sahara Reporters, is the presidential candidate of the AAC.
The debate is organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).
The vice presidential debate will hold from 7 p.m. on December 14 at the congress hall of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, while the presidential debate will hold on January 19, 2019, according to the statement issued on Tuesday by the Executive Secretary of the NEDG, Eddi Emesiri.
While there are 68 political parties in Nigeria, the statement said only five parties would participate in the debate.
The parties are Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).
The group did not give reasons for excluding other parties.
The AAC is, however, demanding to know why they and other parties were excluded from the debate.
“We demand that NEDG and BON publicly declare the criteria that were used for selecting the participants. Any debate about Nigeria’s future and the 2019 elections that does not include the AAC is a farce. Nigerians cannot be fooled,” Malcolm Fabiyi, director-general of the TakeItBack Movement/Sowore 2019 Campaign, said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
“The AAC is one of the three largest parties in Nigeria. In fact, we were within the top three parties in the online poll that was organised by Channels TV to determine the participants in the presidential debates. We demand that the unaltered results of that poll be published,” Mr Fabiyi said.