Abujaâ€”The gubernatorial debate planned for candidates in the AnambraÂ election willÂ gulp N17 million, Dr Ifeanyi Obiakor,Â a board member of theÂ Nigeria-America Friendship Association, NAFA, hasÂ said.
He said that the debate will be organised by the NAFA,Â theÂ Anambra REBIRTH and the Anambra State Good Governance Forum, all NGOs.
Obiakor, who addressed a meeting of â€œstakeholders on the Anambra pollâ€ in Abuja at the weekend, said that the debate would feature a minimum of three candidates and a maximum of six.
The candidates, he explained would be picked after an opinion poll, where they would have scored a set of minimum points.
He added that nominees of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, as well as other credible bodies would constitute theÂ panelÂ to drill the candidates.
â€œWe feel that there should be a credible debate,â€ he stressed.
According to him, the debate will help enlighten the electorate on the vision, mission and policies of the candidates.
Mr Ike Neriaku, Coordinator of Anambra REBIRTH,Â said the organisation was ready to set a standard in the state â€œby doing the right thing.â€
â€œAnambra has been known for the bad things, but we want to be known for the good things. We donâ€™t want the process to be compromised in any way. If Anambra election goes well, then we will set the ball rolling for subsequent elections in the country. We want to put a stop to selection of candidates instead of election,â€Â he said.
The debate will hold between January 7 and FebruaryÂ 6, the organisers said.